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Bighorn Ram A ten-year old ram surveys his flock of ewes at Sheep Lakes, RMNP. Age can be estimated by looking at the annular rings on his horns. Rams live to be about 12 years old, so this is his prime time. See page 24 for more photos. by Richard H. Hahn,

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Job Information Session For Rocky Mountain National Park Rocky Mountain National Park will be hosting a Job Information Session on Tuesday, December 12, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. Come learn about the job application process for Rocky Mountain National Park and how to apply online for specific jobs at the park. Information will also be available regarding park volunteer opportunities as well as fellowship positions with Rocky Mountain Conservancy. Short presentations by park staff describing the jobs will begin at 5 p.m. Beginning in mid-December the park will be accepting online applications for work in campgrounds and entrance stations for this summer. In January, online applications will be accepted for custodial workers and in February, for general maintenance workers. Individuals interested in seasonal positions at the park should regularly review the USAjobs website. All Federal job announcements for Rocky Mountain National Park are posted on For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park please visit or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

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AARP Tax-Aide Program is accepting applications for volunteers to assist local senior and low income taxpayers in preparing their 2017 income taxes. Training will be provided in January and volunteers are certified by AARP/IRS. Tax preparation is from February 2 through April 14. Deadline for application is December 18, 2017. Please call Pat at 586-5417 or Don at 303-887-1106 if interested.


Help Save Lives! Help Quota Club Get An AED In Every EPPD Patrol Vehicle It happens often. A call for medical aid comes in to our dispatch center and someone is suffering cardiac arrest, is not breathing or has collapsed and police are very often first on the scene. Estes Park Police officers are in need of a tool to help them save lives in those crucial first minutes when the heart stops beating the way it should. EPPD recently asked Quota Club of Estes Park to help them equip all of the police cars with these life-saving AEDs. Quota members are eager to help this fund-raising endeavor and this letter will be going out to business owners this week. Dear Estes Park Business Owner; We are writing to you on behalf of the Estes Park Quota Club Foundation. As you may know, in past years the Quota Club has raised over hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide ambulances for our community. This year we are focusing on the business community. We are asking you to assist us in raising funds so that we can put AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) in every police vehicle. Currently our officers share two AEDs, that they essentially check out of the office when they go out on a call. What a wonderful thing it would be if every car were equipped with this lifesaving tool. Having an AED at hand can indeed save lives. An AED is a portable, easy to use device that measures the heartbeat via sticky pads attached to the chest. The AED will deliver a shock via these pads to restart the heart of a person suffering a cardiac arrest. When cardiac arrest occurs, defibrillation is the only means of restarting the heart and preventing death. When asked the reason why the Estes Park Police Department needs these AED units for their patrol cars, Captain Rick Life stated, “Quite often, members of our police department are first on scene at an emergency call since our officers are always out patrolling the town. Having the ability to start defibrillation before the ambulance even gets there greatly improves the chances of saving lives.� Captain Life added, “All of our officers are

trained First Responders. I have personally seen a person whom I thought had no chance of making it, saved by an AED. This person was unresponsive at the initial call and through the help of the AED, was talking to the ambulance crew on their way into the ambulance. It was amazing and a very happy ending to that situation.� Our goal is to raise $25,000 by the first of the year. We know the importance of a quick and early response when someone is having a sudden cardiac arrest emergency. For every minute without treatment, a victim’s rate of survival decreases by 7% to 10%!

Please join us in our quest to provide a safer community, not only for our residents, but for the thousands of guests that come each year to visit this great little town. Donations are tax deductible and can be made out to: Quota of Estes Park, Foundation. Please mail your donation to Quota of Estes Park, P.O. Box 1273, Estes Park, CO 80517. Thank you for your support of this important project! Sincerely, Gail Albers & Kris Hazelton AED Chairpersons, Quota Club of Estes Park Quota Club is hoping everyone will wish to contribute to this life-saving fund. Their goal is to collect the money needed by February of 2018 so the AED units may be purchased and in use by the first of the year. Please consider a donation to help save lives. Thank you.

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Go Behind The Scenes With Citizen’s Police Academy Anyone who has ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes at the Estes Park Police Department can find out by attending the 2018 Citizen’s Police Academy. This informative series of classes, sponsored by the Town’s Police Department and offered free of charge, will take place Jan. 8 - Feb. 8, 2018. Sessions take place Monday and Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 pm at Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Avenue. Class size is limited to 30. Applications are available at the front desk of the Police Department at Town Hall, and at Applications must be received by Jan. 3, 2018. Citizen’s Police Academy familiarizes participants with everything from con-

stitutional law to crime scene investigation. The classes will include topics that are common among law enforcement agencies, as well as issues that are unique to Estes Park. Following graduation many academy graduates choose to continue involvement with the Police Department through its volunteer programs. However, a commitment to future volunteering is not required. For more information, contact Captain Corey Pass at 970-577-3828 or Sign up to receive Town news and/or agendas at More updates at,, and

2017 Yuletide Lights Driving Tour The time has finally come to take a driving tour of beautiful Estes Park and enjoy the lights displayed by our friends, neighbors and businesses. This map will provide everything you need to hit the road this holiday season. Wait for night to fall, load up the car and enjoy the Yuletide Lights Tour! Find the Google Map of the tour below or go to Stops on the Tour: Estes Ark - 521 Lone Pine Drive Solitude Cabins - 1885 Sketch Box Lane 1063 Morgan Street 1031 Woodland Court 1991 Baldpate Court

1980 Sharon Court North 1980 Cherokee Drive 2401 Arapaho Road River Spruce Cabins 2334 State Highway 66 3158 Thunder Mountain Lane 1595 Fish Hatchery Road 1705 Fish Hatchery Road McGregor Mountain Lodge 2815 Fall River Road Fall River Village - 200 Filbey Court Silver Moon Inn - 175 Spruce Drive The Taffy Shop 121 West Elkhorn Avenue The Ore Cart Rock Shop 119 West Elkhorn Avenue

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Kimberly Moore Will Be Next Executive Director Of Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource was a fellow with the UC Santa Barbara Center (EPNRC) is excited to announce Bren School of Environmental Science that Kimberly Moore will become the and Management, and was Symposia next Executive Director of Editor for the UCLA JourEPNRC starting in the nal of Environmental Law end of January 2018. and Policy. Bringing with her over Moore is looking forward ten years of managerial to advancing EPNRC’s misexperience in both the sion of supporting local for- and not-for-profit nonprofits as they serve management sectors, and enrich the Estes Valley Moore spent over ten community. Having also set years building a small her sights on relocating to a business overseas, in the tight-knit community with Republic of China, Taiplenty of outdoor recrewan, and later served as ation opportunities, Moore Kimberly Moore Executive Director of a is also excited about movcommunity foundation in ing with her husband Harry and son Abe the San Diego area. to Estes Park. Moore earned her law degree at UCLA Please join us in welcoming Kimberly School of Law during which time she Moore to our community

Kris Larsen, Congressional Candidate In Estes Park December 10 Kris Larsen, Democratic Candidate for the 2nd Congressional District on the 2018 ballot, will be in Estes Park on Sunday, December 10, at 4:30 p.m. to meet with voters and answer questions about his run for the U. S. Congress. This event will be held at Elkins Distilling Co., 1825 North Lake Avenue, Estes Park. It is free and open to the public. Kris is currently Mayor of Nederland and a planetary scientist at the University of Colorado. A Colorado native, Kris studied Physics and Astrophysics at C. U., and Kris Larsen ultimately obtained his Ph. D. in Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. He returned to Colorado to work as a research scientist at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. While working as a research scientist, Kris became convinced that scientists needed to be more involved in the political process and policy setting. He then went to Washington D. C. to focus on science education policy, federal research funding and community organizing to involve physicists in policy matters. His experience on the national stage led Kris to become more involved in local Colorado issues. He volunteered

with, and then served as chair of Nederland’s advisory boards (trails, parks, open space, and planning commission), ultimately winning election as trustee and Mayor. During his time as Mayor of Nederland, Kris became one of many Mayors in Colorado and across the country to sign a pledge to honor the commitment of the Paris Climate Accords. In addition, Kris as Mayor has worked on actions to significantly increase use of renewable energy sources and to institute a living wage for workers in order to address the rising cost of living along the Front Range. In his run for the Congressional seat now held by Jared Polis, Kris is emphasizing supporting progressive policies in Congress, particularly with regard to climate change, healthcare, and the basic foundations of our democratic republic. More information on Kris is on his website, Please join us to meet Kris and get to know your candidate in person. Sponsored by Estes Valley Indivisible, an all-volunteer organization, working to bring candidates to you. Please watch for our future announcements of candidates coming to Estes Park in January and February 2018!

Read our Virtual E-Edition at The Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) Chief Officers and Safety Officers generally respond in their personal vehicles (POV). Fire fighters generally respond to medical calls in their personal vehicles; as this allows for faster response by officers and medical personnel to assess the emergency and provide medical care. November 26 At 9:16 a.m. the EVFPD was paged to 2441 Spruce Ave. to assist the Estes Park Ambulance. At 1:43 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 1659 High Pine Dr. to assist the Estes Park Ambulance. At 4:45 p.m. the EVFPD was paged 1700 Big Thompson Ave. to assist the Estes Park Ambulance. November 27 At 11:01 a.m. an EVFPD officer was paged to 915 Moraine Ave. for a detector activation. At 1:50 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to the 3000 block of S. Saint Vrain Ave. for a MVC. November 28 At 2:21 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 3450 Fall River Rd. for an alarm activation. At 3:16 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 399 E. Elkhorn Ave. to assist the Estes Park Ambulance. At 10:12 p.m. an EVFPD officer was paged to 1897 Red Tail Hawk Dr. for an alarm activation.

November 29 At 1:42 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to the 1900 block of Mall Rd. for a MVC. At 2:20 p.m. an EVFPD officer was paged to 1759 High Pine Dr. for a citizen assist. At 10:00 p.m. an EVFPD officer was paged to 5532 E. Highway 36 for an alarm activation. November 30 At 1:07 a.m. an EVFPD officer was paged to 826 Rockwood Ln. for a detector activation. At 12:02 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 263 Virginia Dr. to assist the Estes Park Ambulance. At 12:03 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 1500 Manford Ave. to assist the Estes Park Ambulance. At 3:32 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 710 Moraine Ave. for a report of a stove fire. At 4:22 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 1625 High Dr. for a report of a possible structure fire. December 1 At 10:59 a.m. an EVFPD officer was paged to 1629 Soaring Circle for an alarm activation. December 2 At 4:36 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 101 S. Saint Vrain Ave. for an elevator rescue. At 6:54 p.m. the EVFPD was paged to 3450 Fall River Rd. to assist the Estes Park Ambulance.

Meeting Of The Board Of Directors Of The Estes Valley Fire Protection Dist. Notice of 2018 Budget Adoption Notice is hereby given that a proposed budget has been submitted to the Board of Directors of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District for the ensuing year of 2018. A copy of the proposed budget will be open for public inspection in the office of the District, 901 N. Saint Vrain Ave., Estes Park, Colorado. The proposed budget will be adopted at a meeting of the Board of Directors to be held at the Dannels Fire Station, 901 N. Saint Vrain Ave., Estes Park, Colorado, on De-

cember 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Any interested elector within the District may inspect the proposed budget and file or register any written objections thereto at any time prior to the final adoption of the budget. First notice: October 20th Second notice: November 24th ESTES VALLEY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT Erika Goetz, Recording Secretary

League Of Women Voters Holds Meeting On National & Local Issues The next League of Women Voters of Estes Park (LWVEP) program will be Wednesday, December 13, from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Hondius Room at the library. Bonnie Seals, Communications Director for the LWVEP, will review the League’s position statements, which have been developed and modified over the years. Ms. Seals will also be sharing information on the redistricting efforts that are

happening in Colorado and the LWVCO’s position and involvement on this very important issue. The proposed national park fee increase will also be discussed at the meeting. The LWVEP will provide snacks, tea and coffee, is open to the public and free of charge. We hope to see you on December 13th! For questions, please contact Liz Zornes at 970-480-1888.

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1917 Book Club Returns In January 2018 On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, the 1917 Book Club returns to the Estes Park Museum to explore local titles and authors. Discussions will take place every third Wednesday of the month from January through April, 2018. The program runs from 10 – 11:30 a.m. and is held in the Museum Meeting Room. Light snacks will be provided. This program is free and registration is required, limited to 50 participants. It is strongly encouraged that participants read each book prior to the program to take part in the discussion. The January selection is America’s Switzerland: Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, the Growth Years by Dr. James Pickering. America’s Switzerland, “reveals how the evolution of tourism and America’s fascination with the ‘western experience’ shaped the park and town from 1903 to 1945.” Author, Dr. James Pickering will be in at-



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tendance to answer questions and contribute to a lively discussion facilitated by museum staff. The February selection is Bob Flame: Rocky Mountain Ranger by Dorr G. Yeager, while Book Club attendees will choose the final titles to be read for March and April. Books can be purchased at the Museum Gift Shop or Macdonald Book Shop. Additionally, the Estes Valley Library will circulate a limited number of copies. To register for the free event or to answer any questions, please call or email, Curator of Interpretation, Mikaela Fundaun at or 970577-3762. The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to conduct activities that preserve, share and respect the unique history of Estes Park. For more information, call the Estes Park Museum at 970-586-6256 or visit the Museum’s website at

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EPHS Choirs To Perform Handel’s Messiah The combined choirs of Estes Park High School will be performing Handel’s choral masterwork, Messiah, Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the EPHS Auditorium. The choir, comprised of members of Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir and Concert Choir, totals 90 students. The choirs will be accompanied by the Health and Wellness Community Orchestra from Ft. Collins. The orchestra is a collaboration of Front Range Community College and University of Colorado Health. All musicians in the orchestra are medical professionals from the Ft. Collins Leslie Stewart area. Messiah is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on April 13, 1742, and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the bestknown and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. The orchestra is under the direction of Mrs. Leslie Stewart. Stewart is director of String Pedagogy at Colorado State University and director of CSU's Summer Master of Music Education degree program with a Specialization in Conducting for working music educators. In addition, she conducts the CSU Concert

Orchestra, teaches violin, coaches chamber music and plays violin in the faculty ensemble, the Verdoro String Trio. Ms. Stewart is a violinist with the Colorado Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and Cheyenne Symphony and performs frequently with the Fort Collins Symphony. She was a member of the Cabrillo Music Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra from 1980 to 2012. In 2013 she received the Outstanding Service Award from CSU's College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Alan Denney is the choral director at Estes Park High School. He is in his 13th year as choral director at Estes Park High School and Estes Park Middle School. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Indiana State University, a Master of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from Colorado State University, and a Doctor of Arts degree in Choral Conducting from University of Northern Colorado. Also on the program that evening will be two selections by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Fantasia on Greensleeves and the composer’s Oboe Concerto will also be performed by the orchestra. The concert will also feature Noelle Baumann-Stucky, assistant conductor, as well as soloists Michael Sax, oboe, Younwoo Seo, soprano, Emma Gennell, mezzo soprano, John Carlo Pierce, tenor, and Dominic Aragon, bass. The concert is free and open to the public.



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December Nonprofit Lunch & Learn To Focus On Selecting, Supporting & Evaluating The CEO The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center is continuing the unique series of roundtable discussions focused on the Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards. The December session will explore the role of the board in selecting, supporting, and evaluating the chief executive and will be held on Thursday, December 14 from Noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library. This Lunch & Learn will be facilitated by Paul Mueller, CPA, Mueller, Pye & Associates and Kevin Cory, Chief People Officer with Nobel Inc. Paul, who is the board chair for United Way of Larimer County, and Kevin recently went through the process of selecting a new CEO for United Way. Their insights will be very valuable in leading this discussion. Roundtables are free to all nonprofit leaders in or serving the Estes Valley with a special emphasis on encouraging board member attendance. Registration is required. Please register by visiting and selecting the December training date on the home page under “News & Events.” According to the publication, The Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit

Boards, the chief executive’s success is linked to your board’s determination to do its part to sustain an effective relationship – one marked by mutual respect and an understanding of the distinction between board and executive responsibilities. How do you support and evaluate your CEO? What if you need to hire and Executive Director? Are you ready? Do you have a plan in place? Please join us as we discuss and learn from each other on how to select, support and evaluate the chief executive! Thanks to a generous grant from the Village Thrift Shop, every organization will receive the highly acclaimed BoardSource book and workbook “Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards. ” Future roundtables include: • January 11 - Ensuring Legal and Ethical Integrity AND Enhancing the Organization's Public Standing; Frank Lancaster, Town of Estes Park Registration is required. Please register by visiting and selecting the December training date on the home page under “News & Events.” Please email Jill Lancaster at with questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Just In Time For Christmas-Support Partners Mentoring Youth There are so many ways to give the gift of mentoring this holiday season and support Partners mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between positive adult role models and youth facing challenges in their personal, social, and academic lives in Estes Valley. Visit Estes Park Community Thrift Shop's Bag Sale on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Every bag sale will support Partners mentoring programs. Store hours are from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Donate to Partners Mentoring Youth's

Christmas for Kids Campaign at Our goal is to raise $150,000 by December 31, 2017. Another great way to give at Christmas or any time of the year is to give the gift of your time and volunteer with Partners Mentoring Youth. Youth are waiting for a positive adult role model to be matched with. For more information visit partnersmentoringyouth or call 970-577-9348 or email:

Read our Virtual E-Edition at It’s easier than it used to be, but for some reason I have to work to get my dad to reminisce. Oh, he’ll tell his stories freely, such as the one about when he was in the services during the Korean War. (Not in “the service” (singular) but “the services. ” That’s what we call “a Dinny. ” A Denis Donohoe dad-ism.) Denny was stationed in Chicago where his oldest sister lived. Because he was young, skinny as a pool stick and broke, Betty bought him an overcoat to ward off the chill rolling in from Lake Michigan. He treasured that long, fine—and warm— overcoat. He also treasured those days when he could get off base and go to Betty’s for a home-cooked meal. She was a recipe tester for the Chicago Tribune and a superb cook. (Dad also tells of when Betty baked loaves of bread in the test kitchen, took one slice for testing and threw the rest of the loaf away. This was during war times when resources were scarce. He couldn’t get over the waste during an era when every scrap was saved.) Dad has lots of tales to tell. But if I ask him for a story, it’s slow in coming. I have to hunt around, rifle through random comments and narrow down my questions. Eventually I’ll find the nugget that will get him talking. It’s like sifting through a box of buttons. “Everybody had a button box, ” Dad once said. Doesn’t everyone still? Because you can’t throw away a perfectly functional button. I can’t, anyway. (Twisty ties, gift bags and their tissue paper, free address labels that come with fundraising letters…if they serve a function, I keep them. I’m cursed that way. And when is a button not functional? When the buttonhole is too big, I suppose, but that’s the buttonhole’s fault, not a matter of button malfunction.) Since you can’t throw it away, what do you do with a spare button? Put it in a button box, of course. You never know when you might need one and when you do, there they are. You don’t need a button often. But every once in awhile you lose one—either the thread breaks or the button breaks, and that’s when the fun begins. You spill out the buttons from their designated box. (Some are artsy boxes, decorated, fancy. Others are ratty or plain cardboard. Some people use a Ball jar. Some button boxes are intentional while others just sort of happen.) You push the assortment of buttons around, compare size, shape and color to the other buttons on your garment, find the one that matches or

comes close, and put the rest back in the box. We used to play with the contents of my mom’s button box when we were kids. There were the big coat buttons, some covered with fabric, others overlaid with a leather basket weave design, still others with no holes but a little loop or stem on the back (these are called shank buttons). There were the red buttons, tortoise shell, blue buttons with a brass anchor in the middle, and glittery rhinestone ones. Some were made out of wood, others were clear plastic, some with two holes, others with four; none with three. We sorted by color, then by size. We lined up our favorites and made a pile for the uglies, and admired the ones that were, well, cute as a button. (I couldn’t resist.) My own button box was a gift from my Aunt Bobbie. It is made from wood and has ducks painted on the lid. I inventoried the contents of my button box this morning: there are several varieties of the most common, nondescript white buttons we all have on our button-down shirts. You can’t just pick any old white button to replace a lost one. Pure white, off-white, pearly white, flat on both sides or with a slight ridge on one side—if you need to replace a belly button, nobody will notice but if it’s at the neck, a mismatched white will stand out like a coffee stain. There are fancy buttons that will never go with anything other than the garment they came attached to—in a tiny ziplock baggie (which I can’t throw away) with a strand of matching thread. I have red satin, purple boiled wool, a flat pearl surrounded by a gold braid, and an opalescent button the size of my pinky fingernail. There are a couple of hooks and eyes too, which are like buttons, but aren’t. Some odds and ends have made it into my button box: my first set of hearing aids (from the 1980s, they’re bigger than a pair of bananas), an acorn on which my niece drew a face, some sequins, an old, tiny pocket knife, a baby tooth. These items don’t belong in a button box, but I don’t know where else to put them. “Throw them away! ” I hear you saying. I might, but I won’t throw away the buttons. Buttons are for keeps. You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, © 2017 Sarah Donohoe

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Bring in the new year on December 31 at American Legion Post 119!

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EVRPD Announces “Your Hour” Program For Answering Questions About Transition Of Senior Services



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Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD), provider of numerous recreational and community activities in Estes Valley, is pleased to announce the formation of the weekly “Your Hour” program. This program will offer seniors, or any member of the Estes Valley community, an opportunity to sit and chat with members of the EVRPD management team. Team members, including Tom Carosello, Executive Director, and Teresa Jackson, Manager of Community Center Operations, will be available to answer any questions you have about the transition of senior services from the Town of Estes Park to EVRPD in January 2018. “We have heard your concerns and want to provide the opportunity to answer any and all of your questions, ” said Carosello. “The goal of these meetings is to make sure any confusion is clarified about the transition, and that all details about the facilities and opportunities EVRPD will provide at the new community center are clear and factual. ” Times for the “Your Hour” program will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the following dates: - December 11 - December 18 - January 8 - January 15 - January 22 All programs will be at the Senior Center facility located at 220 Fourth Street. In August 2016, the Town of Estes Park and the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District entered an intergovernmental agreement to transfer senior services from the Town to EVRPD. Senior services will move to EVCC when it opens, which is

anticipated to be February 2018. The agreement also included the establishment of a Senior Advisory Committee, which was established by EVRPD in August 2017. This team’s goal is to create a representative team of senior community members to counsel and assist the District with the planning and communication of senior services at the new EVCC. “We are excited to have senior services as part of our recreation offerings at the new community center, ” said Jackson. “We look forward to working with the senior services team that seniors of Estes Valley have come to know and rely on for all of their social, fitness and education needs. ” EVRPD is excited to build a 70,000square-foot, multigenerational facility that will serve all members of and visitors to the Estes Valley community. Several services and amenities will be ideal for active adults and seniors, including lifelong learning programs, health and wellness programs, fitness classes, social programs, safety programs, and a weekly lunch program. In addition, there will be priority senior service space from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily in the new community center. About Estes Valley Recreation and Park District: Estes Valley Recreation and Park District is a quasi-municipal corporation and political subdivision of the State of Colorado. Established in 1955, the organization’s goals are to plan, direct, organize and implement recreational programs, manage facilities and provide public park and recreation opportunities for residents and visitors of the District, an area that encompasses 320 square miles.

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Four Year Old Rings Bells For The Salvation Army Edward Olinger, grandson of Corey and Lori Pass, makes headlines this week as he is the smallest Salvation Army bell ringer in Estes Park! Last Saturday, Edward donned the Santa hat and the “I’m A Bell Ringer” apron (a dress on him), and rang the tiny bell outside of Safeway. Edward knows that noisy bells are fun to hold, but he doesn’t know he is helping other four year-olds in town. Our Salvation Army assists Estes Park families in a financial crisis. All it takes is an unexpected expense, an illness or a job layoff to create a family emergency. Fortunately, our Salvation Army can help by using donations collected through the annual Red Kettle campaign. At $67,300, this year’s goal is significantly higher than last year’s. In the future the Salvation Army will be assisting with the MealsOn-Wheels program provided by Crossroads Ministry and the Good Samaritan. An-

other important community partner with the Salvation Army is Salud Family Health Clinic. Together, these agencies provide monetary emergency assistance for medical and dental expenses, gas and transportation, food and housing needs,

prescriptions, and much, much more. It is so easy to sign up. Simply click on the following link: (or Type into your web browser: and follow the prompts. If you prefer to sign up for a shift via phone or email, then call 970646-5335 or email your shift preferences to The Estes Park Salvation Army Service Extension Unit welcomes direct donations as well as volunteer bellringing time. You may designate your funds to stay local by writing: “Estes Park Service Extension Unit” on the memo line of your check. Please mail donations to: Salvation Army P.O. Box 172 Estes Park, CO 80517.

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YMCA Of The Rockies Voted Best Family Resort In The Country In USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Survey In a month-long survey of more than 10,000 USA Today readers, YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado was voted Best Family Resort in the U.S., underscoring the loyalty and appreciation visitors have for the unique amenities and experience at the property. Best Family Resort in the country goes to YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado - so many wonderful activities for families, all in one location with three sides bordering Rocky Mountain National Park. YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park is situated on 800+ acres bordering Rocky Mountain National Park and features pet-friendly private cabins and hotelstyle lodge rooms with common areas. Meals are served daily in an all-you-caneat buffet-style dining hall and numerous activities are available on-site for family members of all ages, such as archery lessons, horseback riding, a climbing wall and brand new 370-footlong zip line, and an arts & crafts center where families can choose to make their own tie-dyes, design mosaics, create jewelry or learn how to basket-weave. "YMCA of the Rockies is committed to providing families of all faiths with affordable vacations in the heart of the Rocky Mountains," said Kellen Toulouse, Brand Manager, YMCA of the Rockies. "We truly have something for everyone, every month of the year. Whether it's musical performances in the summer, pumpkin-carving contests in the fall, a mountaineering weekend in the spring, or year-round wildlife viewing, forest education, campfires, and night hikes – YMCA of the Rockies is all about family fun." Autumn at YMCA of the Rockies features fall-themed activities every weekend in October, while herds of elk roam the campus during bugling season. Winter is a peaceful retreat from the crowded ski towns with family activities like ice-skating on a natural pond and snowshoe adventures through Rocky Mountain National Park. Spring and

summer visits offer beautiful hiking opportunities with YMCA's experienced guide masters, as well as day camps for children ages 3-18 years old. In 2018, YMCA of the Rockies will open the Boone Family Mountain Center to provide a base camp for nature, environmental and high-adventure activities. In addition to housing a handson education nature center and twostory climbing wall, the Mountain Center will also serve as the staging and information area for fishing, mountain biking, archery, and the zip line. "It is very important that we provide our guests with easy access to a variety of ways to bond as a family, so we have included most of our activities in our overall lodging fees, such as the roller skating rink, the indoor swimming pool, and our 18-hole miniature golf course," said Toulouse. Family reunions and group retreats are popular at YMCA of the Rockies as well, with several multi-bedroom cabins and larger reunion cabins that sleep up to 88 guests in 17 bedrooms. In addition, most lodge rooms and cabins do not have televisions, providing a truly unplugged experience for families. Reservations are available to YMCA members and the general public at In celebration of its 110th Anniversary, YMCA of the Rockies is currently offering 110 lodge rooms at Estes Park Center and 110 lodge rooms at Snow Mountain Ranch for just $84 per night to be used by Dec. 31, 2017. Each reservation includes a two-night stay in one lodge room and two free breakfasts each day. About the YMCA of the Rockies: YMCA of the Rockies puts Christian Principles into practice through programs, staff and facilities in an environment that builds healthy spirit, mind and body for all. To learn more about the YMCA of the Rockies and Snow Mountain Ranch, visit and

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Michelle Gergen-Wisner Retiring In 2018 Michelle Gergen-Wisner will be retiring early next year. Michelle has worked for the Estes Park Post Office since 1981 and has worked in Estes Park since 1983. It time to say goodbye to this lady of a thousand kindnesses and ten thousand smiles. From her husband, Wayman, “Tolstoi tells us: ‘Every happy family is alike.’ I think that every happy town is also alike in having a core of people who go beyond the bounds of their work and perhaps their comfort level to give of themselves to others and to help others in ways beyond their job descriptions; people who help the town smile. My wife is one of those people.” Over the course of her years at the

Patriots For Peace Meeting December 13 The Estes Park Patriots for Peace is a transpartisan, inclusive organization whose mission includes promoting “a culture of peace” at all levels of society. We would like to thank the attendees at our November meeting, and give a special thanks to our speaker, Chief Zane Bell, for his insights into some of the history, politics, cosmology, and natural science involved in the experiences of the aboriginal peoples of North America before and after the arrival of Columbus. You are invited to our next meeting on Wednesday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m., in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Public Library. Our presenter will be Denise Lord, Program Coordinator for the Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnerships. Ms. Lord will give an overview of the Restorative Justice enterprises here in Estes Park, with an emphasis on how RJ programs align with the mission and focus of the Patriots for Peace. Light refreshments will be served. We hope you will join us.

post office Michelle has done work that goes way above and beyond what is required and she has brought smiles and happiness to many people who actively seek her out each day. Michelle has delivered packages after hours and those with insufficient addresses. She has paid for several box rents for people she knew could not afford them and has insured that mail gets routed to the correct places in the events of relocations and other personal circumstances. She has, on more than one occasion, taken the time to correctly deliver mail addressed to “Grandma and Grandpa” in Estes Park, CO. We will miss you, Michelle! Enjoy your retirement, you deserve it!

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Millions of Estes Park fans view our digital news Now that I am so organized and have my Christmas decorations up and the presents either sent afar or wrapped and placed high on a table away from my personal Grinch, my dog Sunshine, I decided to do the full house cleaning. I knew I really needed to do that after all the mess from decorating. I was going like a house afire with my feather duster and dust rag. All of a sudden there was no dust rag to be found. I spent 30 minutes looking for it and finally just went and got another one. Guess who later pranced out with her grand prize…yep, my little Grinch, Sunshine. I cannot imagine where she had hidden her treasure. She was so proud of herself that all I could do was laugh, and silly dog that she is, she brought it to me when I asked her for it. How can you fuss at that? Today I trusted her alone with the tree and she ignored it completely. I had church and a Bible study to attend. Since this was our last session we gathered at Susie L.’s home for a pot luck. Boy do Catholics know how to cook. I cannot decide what dish or dessert I liked the most but my friend Brenda B. was kind enough to share her recipe with me and now I will share it with you. It is one of those dishes that could be served as a salad or dessert. At this festive time of the year I think even its color is perfect! It makes a lot.

Strawberry Salad 2 cups coarsely crushed unsalted pretzels (6 oz.)

3 Tbs. granulated sugar ¾ cup butter or margarine, melted 1-8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened 1 cup powdered sugar 1 8 oz. container of frozen nondairy whipped topping, thawed 2 cups miniature marshmallows 2 cups water 2 (3 oz.) packages of strawberry gelatin2 packages (12 oz. each) frozen strawberries partially thawed. Preheat oven to 350. Combine pretzels, granulated sugar and butter and press into bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish. Bake 15 minutes until lightly toasted. Cool completely. Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Fold in the whipped topping and the marshmallows. Spread on cooled crust. Bring water to boil and add gelatin and stir to dissolve. Add strawberries and pour over cheese layer. Refrigerate until firm. I was asked for a good high altitude brownie recipe by one of my readers. I have not forgotten the request. Years ago a friend asked me the same question, I told her Ghirardelli brownie mix. She was quite happy with that answer. But I have asked Hersey company and they only suggested for their cake recipe, using cocoa, to cut the baking powder by ½ tsp. for our altitude. I also suggest cutting the sugar from one cup to 2/3 cup for that recipe. I will go into the actual recipe another time. My email is: esther. Bon Appétit.

Free Identity Theft Workshop Have you been a victim of the most recent Equifax breach? It’s time to find out. Educating yourself is a critical component in effective prevention of identity theft, the fastest growing white collar crime in America. It’s not just about your credit anymore. There will be a workshop held on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1:00-1:45 p.m. This free workshop is for individuals and business owners and will be held at the Estes Valley Library, 335 E. Elkhorn Avenue, in the Hondius Room. RSVP to: Questions? Call 970-480-1886. The first 30 that rsvp will receive a free RFID holder. What you will learn: • How it happens and what you can do about it. • Who is at risk? • How many areas of ID theft are there? • What you should look for in a plan. • The cost to you personally or to your business. • Are children at risk? You’ll leave with an understanding of how identity theft takes place and the impact it can have on you personally or to your businesses. Each participant will find out if they have been one of the 143 million Americans affected by the Equifax breach. You’ll also be given information to take home, on prevention and recovery. The seminar will be presented by Doris Ratsch, Community Awareness Advocate for Risk Management.

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Collecting Blankets And Comforters For Pine Ridge This Saturday, Dec. 9

Local resident Tim Phelps is helping answer a call for help. For over two decades, Phelps has been part of an annual Christmas trip to deliver supplies the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. This year, the Pine Ridge Reservation residents identified a very specific need: comforters and blankets for the tribal elders. Those who can help are asked to donate new or near-new comforters and blankets. If not new or in the original packaging, they should be washed and clean. Phelps will be at the Hondius Room in the Estes Valley Library on Saturday, December 9 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. to receive donations and to answer any questions 

about the trip. Phelps requests that only comforters and blankets be given for this trip. Due to logistics and limited space, no clothing, food, or other items are able to be delivered on this visit. Donors may also contact Phelps to make a monetary gift,

and any proceeds will help offset the transportation costs. Phelps will be making the delivery to Pine Ridge in time for Christmas. In addition to the library drop-off on December 9, comforters and blankets are also being accepted at the Stone Cup Cafe at 442 High Street in Lyons. (As a courtesy, donors are asked to refrain from contacting the Stone Cup by phone; instead, direct questions to Phelps’s number below). The donations will be delivered to the community of Wanblee (Lakota for “golden eagle”), near the community of Potato Creek in Jackson County, South Dakota. Phelps encourages donors to attach their email address to the comforter or blanket they give, so that a follow-up thank you note can be sent. Anyone with questions may contact Tim Phelps at 303-747-2211 or by email at

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Village Band And Jazz Big Band Celebrate At Christmas Concert

As a finale to its 35th anniversary year, Johnson will open the 16-piece Jazz Big “Jingle Bells Forever,� arranged in the the Estes Park Village Band, along with Band portion of the concert with a med- style of John Phillip Sousa by Robert W. the Jazz Big Band (JBB), celebrating its ley of Christmas tunes announcing “It’s Smith. Next the band will be privileged 25th anniversary, invite all music lovers the Holiday Season,� arr. by Roger to play a custom-made version of “The Holmes. In a more to join the celebration at their Christmas Waltz,� arranged traditional mood, the annual Christmas Concert at just for this occasion by naJBB will move on to O the Estes Park High-school tionally acclaimed composer Tannenbaum, arr. by auditorium on December 10th and arranger Jerry Brubaker, Michael Sweeney, folat 7:00 p.m. Free admission is who also adds his instrumental lowed by a pop tune: given as a Christmas gift to voice to the French horn secSanta Baby, featuring the community. tion. Another multi-talented vocal soloist Denise French hornist, Scott AnderIn the temporary absence of Stookesberry’s steamy son, will add his tenor-solo Chuck Varilek, who has built side. (By contrast, voice to the band as, together, up both the musicianship and Denise will sing the they give a beloved Christmas   

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 solo role in a Bach blessing to their friends and fine musical organizations cantata for the Oratorio Socineighbors in this audience: over the years, this Christmas concert “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christwill be conducted by three resident con- ety concert on December 15th and 16th.) The JBB’s last two selections, both made mas.� ductors: Lt. Col (Ret.) Loren Johnson, popular by Bing Crosby, are Irving former Commander and Conductor of Just in case the audience has begun to Berlin’s “White Christmas,� arr. with a several United States Air Force bands, feel a little too mellow, Jeff Klintberg will Latin beat by Holmes; and “Silver Bells,� re-energize them as he leads the band Chief Warrant Officer (Ret.) Jeff Klintberg, former Commander and Conduc- arr. by John Berry. with Randall Stanbridge’s rousing “Holitor of the Nebraska National Guard The Village Band will continue the bell- day Galop,� to be followed by the Band, and Sheridan Monroe, current ringing theme. Again under the JohnUkrainian “Carol of the Bells.� Most lisson’s direction, these fifty fine musicians teners will recognize this version as `director of the award-winning bands will put a jingle in everyone’s hearts with coming from Chip Davis’ Mannheim for the Estes Park schools.

Steamroller collection rather than from the Ukraine. No one will have trouble, however, relating directly to the Klintberg’s final selection, LeRoy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,� complete with whip-cracks and horse-whinneys. Changing the focus from a winter scene to the manger scene, Sheridan Monroe will lead the band in Frank Ticheli’s beautiful arrangement of the well-loved hymn, “Amazing Grace,� followed by Frank Taylor’s “I Saw Three Ships,� as they come sailing in to Bethlehem in the morning. Rather than asking patrons to revise their understanding of the geography of Israel, the band will ask them to sing along with Scott Anderson as he leads them in “The Ultimate Christmas SingAlong,� four favorite carols again arranged by Jerry Brubaker. Nobody will get away without contributing to the Christmas spirit, joining in with his or her own voice to bring this not-so-silent night, Sunday December 10th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. to a joyful close with “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.�

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Climb Steep Hills Just over a year ago Marina Connors attained her ideal assignment when she was named Park Engineer in Rocky Mountain National Park. “Two years ago my dream job was to be an engineer at a park like Rocky or Grand Tetons, and a perfect project would be installing remote toilets in one of these locations. ” Marina’s three decades with the National Park Service includes postings to the National Mall, Zion, Mammoth Caves, Canyon de Chelly, central office assignments and more. She has visited almost 120 National Parks, about half of them through work assignments. She’s in Rocky to stay. “My job is not boring; every project poses unique challenges. I get to help our National Parks get necessary work done. I love where NPS has taken me, what I’ve seen, and the opportunities my projects have provided. ” Gentle reader, has your work taken you to the top of the Lincoln Memorial, or the basement of the Jefferson Memorial, or a bathroom in the White House? All in a day’s engineering work for Marina Connors. She grew up in Garden City on Long Island and earned her degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University, one of six women among the 45 engineers in her graduating class. Nationally about 11% of 250,000 civil engineers are women, and despite the current emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) women remain underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce. The numbers have improved somewhat over the decades: Marina’s daughter Lea recently earned her degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder, where about a quarter of the 75 in her civil engineering graduating class were women. The National Park Service has just over 400 engineer positions, thirty-six of which are held by women. Marina follows in the footsteps of pioneer Nora Stanton Barney, who earned her engineering degree from Cornell in 1905 and became the first female member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Nora, denied ASCE advancement in 1916 because of her gender, was posthumously advanced to ASCE Fellow status in 2015, one year before Marina Connors was named Federal Engineer of the Year in the National Park Service by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Marina carries herself with the imperturbable aplomb of one thoroughly skilled in her trade. Thoughtful and imaginative, poised and articulate, selfeffacing and unpretentious, she knows and loves her work. “I have a special interest in improving sanitation, ” she declares, and is especially partial to those

remote site projects. Her daily fare as Park Engineer encompasses all of RMNP’s infrastructure: water, sewers, dams, road reconstruction, HVAC, Fall River entrance reconstruction and more. Currently she is at work replacing back country toilets at Gem Lake and Longs Peak, as well as phased replacement of aging water lines in Park headquarters. Her primary challenges arise from “competing Federal resource mandates: cultural, natural, wilderness, accessibility, all the legalities we are mandated to do and should be doing. ” Yet there is much more to Marina than sanitation projects: “I love my work but don’t like to make my work my sole identity. I bike, downhill ski, enjoy family time, and relish outdoor travel activities in our Sprinter. I’m also studying Spanish, because. I love getting to know this community and I savor my new experiences of Estes Park’s annual traditions, like Halloween and Catch the Glow. I love going to the grocery store and recognizing people. I’m getting to know names of peaks in the Park, and I’ve done a lot more hiking here. ” Marina’s family ties reinforce her career choice. Husband Greg is a Geographic Information Systems Specialist working in Broomfield. Her son Luke, a CU graduate, works as a medical software engineer in Boston. Her sister is a technical writer and her brother is a retired electrical engineer. Several years ago Marina attended a New Zealand conference addressing human waste management in wilderness areas. This led to a six-month job exchange with a Kiwi; the episode reflects Marina’s steadfast commitment to professional self-improvement as much as it nourishes her appetite for travel and adventure. She will complete her career in Rocky, but delights in anticipating eventual travel to Hawaii, Alaska and Caribbean parks. Young women attracted to engineering careers might derive inspiration from what Marina Connors has achieved. “Women make great engineers, ” she says. “Women are great team builders and relationship builders. We are good at organizing and using assets to team advantage. I’m living my dream job, and I encourage young women to fearlessly pursue their passions. ” At a time when seemingly endless national news stories sadden us with details of inappropriate male behavior, it’s worth remembering that many competent, successful women make a positive difference in America. Marina Connors is one such woman. Next column: Repairing Harm Estes Park. Nice town. Nice people. Reader response welcome:

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KEEPING THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING Many years ago a ‘best-seller’, entitled: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, inspired many to become more ‘effective people’ by applying its principles. One chapter, entitled, ‘The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing’, seems so vital, yet often lacking, in our time. Perhaps I could illustrate the importance of this principle by a tragic incident that happened some years ago. A large transport plane crashed, resulting in the deaths of the entire crew. In the following investigation, the ‘black boxes’ and ‘voice recorders’ revealed that the cause of the crash was a ‘red light’ that came on in the cockpit of the plane. While the light did not suggest an emergency, the crew became so focused on trying to remedy that minor problem, they ‘simply forgot to fly the airplane’. We all know that something similar is happening in our driving population today. It’s called ‘distracted driving’. How often we hear of accidents that occur because a car’s driver becomes ‘distracted’ by a cellphone call, text message, in putting on make-up, reading a map, or some disturbance in the car, they simply ‘forget’ to drive the car. A motorcycle friend was killed because the driver of a car dropped a candy wrapper and, in trying to retrieve it, simply forgot to ‘keep the main thing, the main thing’. His car drifted into my friend’s freeway lane and killed a man who had survived two heart and one lung transplants, determined to live. He was careful about his life…the other driver wasn’t. While all of these events are tragic, we are becoming aware of something that is even more potentially impacting, even scary, in our nation. It is becoming increasingly evident that those who have been challenged to govern our nation, keeping our people and nation strong and free, are failing to ‘keep those main things the main things’. At a time when foreign threats against our nation’s safety, decisions about an equitable tax code and health care for our people, and natural disaster recovery efforts of many in our nation, are demanding attention, our political leaders are dealing with the ‘red lights’ in the cockpits of their lives and so distracted that they can’t deal with the ‘main things’. Many of these distractions are the result of real or simply alleged indiscretions, however, probably all of us have been tremendously disappointed by our nation’s leaders who are embroiled in petty little arguments, tweeting about things that really don’t matter, while many of our nation’s major issues are ‘put on the back burner’ or not even addressed at all. It should be our desire that the next time we choose national, and other, leaders, we select people who will ‘keep the main thing, the main thing.’ In the meantime, each of us needs to determine to make that a principle that we live by in our daily and family lives. How easy it is to get distracted with ‘lesser things’ and forget those important things in our personal lives: our marriages, our children’s welfare and encouragement, our physical, mental and spiritual health, and making all the positive contributions we can to our community and our world. It’s not only planes that have gone down in flames because ‘those in charge’ spent their time and energies focused on petty, unimportant things and forgot to ‘fly the airplane’. I once shared a message using Covey’s words and, in the course of the talk, I asked the audience several times to repeat his principle. At the end, I said, loudly, “The main thing…” and stopped. A nine-year old girl in the audience shouted, “is to keep the main thing the main thing!” Will each of us be as aware of it? I certainly hope so. Bob

Monday, December 11 Barbecue pork loin, Baked beans, Vegetable salad, Cookie Tuesday, December 12 Swiss steak, Mashed potatoes, Corn, Salad, Cake Wednesday, December 13 Chicken salad sandwich, Two salads, Brownie Thursday, December 14 Stuffed pork loin, Mashed potatoes and gravy, Green beans, Pie Friday, December 15 Tuna casserole, Mixed vegetables, Muffin, Cobbler

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White Elephant Gift Exchange At The Senior Center party! Unusual gifts and laughter abound at this fun, lighthearted gathering. No reservations are necessary; just drop by the Senior Center, 220 Fourth Street, to attend. For more information, please contact the Estes Park Senior Center at (970) 5862996 or stop by the Center at 220 Fourth The Town of Estes Park’s Senior ServStreet, Monday through Friday between ices Division will host their annual 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please visit the White Elephant Gift Exchange on Senior Center website at Thursday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. To receive Check your attic, basement, or closet to find the silliest gently-used item you can. Senior Center news in your e-mail inbox, please e-mail Then wrap it up and bring it to the

Welcome The New Year With Friday Niters those who are not currently members of Friday Niters. A midnight champagne toast is included and a reasonable cash bar is available. Attire is “dressy casual” with optional black tie. Make checks payable to Friday Niters and mail with attendees names and contact information to P.O. Box 224, Estes Park, 80517. Paid reservations must be Plan now to attend the Friday Niters’ annual New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance in received by December 15, 2017. The cancellation deadline is December 20th. the Aspen Room at the Rodeway Inn. Social time begins at 7:00 p.m. with a de- No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after that date. For more licious buffet dinner featuring roasted information call Georgia Ballard at 577prime rib and ranch baked chicken 1374. served at 7:30. Dance to the music of Harris and Harris on the Rodeway’s fanPlease join us for another awesome tastic hardwood floor from 8:30 to 12:30 New Year’s Eve evening of good food, a.m. Cost for the dinner and dance is good friendship, romance and incredible $120 (couples) and $60 (singles) for music, without breaking the bank.

Thanks To All For Help After Fall To The Editor: These are trying times for many. In my perfect-storm (fractured pelvis in condo parking lot after storm four weeks ago and then my father going into the hospital), I would like to thank the following angel people, who are the best anywhere. Debbie Holmes and unnamed man who helped me into the ER; the entire ER staff; the paramedics who transported my father; the hospitalists; the EPMC nursing staff; the EPMC home health care staff-Carla, Chris, Stacie, Leslie, Sara; Meals On Wheels; our angelic neighbors-Alice Schwartz, Tom and Janet Booth, Claudia Frazier and my brilliant and angelically awesome brother, Tom Harvey, who came out from California to look after two in-

valids and who helped save us; Dr. Grant; the hospital discharge planners, physical therapists; Becky with Home Instead; Melissa at PPLC; and the Estes Park Chorale, with whom I was supposed to sing but couldn’t hobble to warble. Gosh, I hope 2018 is better! But these folks all got us through somehow. My everlasting appreciation and thanks! It takes a village to raise the injured. I hope every parking lot and walkway in town is carefully sanded during the snow and black ice storms this winter and that nobody has to endure the pain and discomfort of a fractured pelvis. It truly is an awakening to be disabled and gives one new respect for what those not in the best of health go through on a daily basis. Juley Harvey

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Auditions Announced For Fine Arts Guild Production Of “Private Lives”

The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies announces auditions for it spring production of Private Lives by Noel Coward,

Card Shower For Stan & Linda Guzzy

(1899-1973), to be directed by Greig Steiner. Auditions will be held at the Hempel Auditorium, YMCA of the

Rockies, 2515 Tunnel Rd. on Sunday, January 7, 2:00 p.m. and Monday, January 8, 6:30 p.m. Call backs, January 9, 6:30 p.m. If neither of the audition times is convenient, you may call Greig Steiner at 970-586-3358 or email at to set up a mutually agreeable time to meet. Perusal scripts are available at the Estes Valley Library. Rehearsals will begin shortly after casting. Production dates are March 16, 17, 18, 23, and 24 at Hempel Auditorium, YMCA of the Rockies. The play is one of Coward’s most famous and enduring comedies. It centers around two couples who are honeymooning in France in a resort by the sea. The couples by chance have suites next to one another with adjoining terraces and Elyot, now married to Sibyl, is enjoying the view when the woman

from the other couple, Amanda comes onto her terrace and he realizes that she is his former wife. When Sibyl and Elyot, having champagne on their terrace, are discovered by Amanda, the fun begins. There are wonderful scenes for each of the four principal characters; Elyot and Sibyl Chase and Victor and Amanda Prynne, as well as a character part of a French maid (who speaks only French) of indiscriminate age and considerable comic opportunity. The age of the actors is not critical but the principals should be able to “play” characters between the ages of 25 and 50 or so. The French maid can be of any age up to an active 75. Actors are asked to sign up for an audition time at: 49a5ad23abfa7-auditions Come join in the fun of a great play written by a master of comedy.

Sunday Services at 10am Across from High S cho ol at 1700 Bro die Ave, Estes Park, C O 80517

Thursday, December 21 (the longest night) 5:00pm Stan and Linda Guzzy will be moving to Nebraska at the end of December. To thank them for all the years they have cooked for us and made special meals, there will be a card shower for them at the Senior Center Holiday Feast, Monday, December 18th. Bring cards or gift cards to wish them a special goodbye!

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ESTES PARK HAPPENINGS For additional information call 800-443-7837 • 970-577-9900

EVENTS Dec. 8-Jan. 1: Yuletide Lights Driving Tour. Festively decorated businesses and homes. Throughout the Village. Dec. 9: Tiny Tots & Breakfast with Santa. Free breakfast, crafts & Santa photos. American Legion. 9am-12pm Dec. 10: Village Band and Jazz Big Band Christmas Concert. Annual Christmas concert. High School. 7-8pm Dec. 15-16: Bach to Ballet to Brubaker. Oratorio Society & Ballet Renaissance. High School. Fri. 78:30pm, Sat. 2-3pm

ENTERTAINMENT & MUSIC Dec. 8: Dahlby and Nadine. Acoustic duo. Snowy Peaks Winery. 4-6pm Dec. 8: Dempsey/Fox Duo. Jazz. The Other Side. 5-8pm Dec. 8: KC Groves. Acoustic duo. The Rock Inn. 6-9pm Dec. 8-9: James Davis. Spanish Guitar. Twin Owls Steakhouse. 6-9pm Dec. 8-9: Ray Young. Jazz Piano. Nicky’s Steakhouse. 6pm Dec. 8-9: Table, A Culinary Journey. The Stanley. 6:30pm

Dec. 11 & 14: Dempsey/Fox Duo. Jazz. The Waterfront Grill. 6-9pm Dec. 12: Trivia Night. Rock Cut Brewing Company. 7-8:30pm Dec. 14: Mountain Town Trio. Classic Rock and Folk. The Other Side. 6-9pm


Dec. 14: Geeks Who Drink. Trivia. Latitude 105. 8-10pm

Mon. & Wed. at 5:30pm Sat. at 9am. Group Bicycle Ride. Via Bicycle Café.

Dec. 15: Great Blue. Acoustic duo. Snowy Peaks Winery. 4-6pm

Dec. 8: Free Lap Swim & Water Fitness. Comm. Center Pool. 6am-1pm

Dec. 15: Dempsey/Fox Duo. Jazz. The Other Side. 5-8pm

Dec. 8: Kirtan. Musical experience. Estes Park Yoga. 6:30-8pm

Dec. 15-16: Ray Young. Jazz Piano. Nicky’s Steakhouse. 6pm

Dec. 10 & 17: Daoist Lecture & Tai Chi Class. Dao House. 8:30-10am

Dec. 15-16: James Davis. Spanish Guitar. Twin Owls Steakhouse. 6-9pm

Dec. 10 & 17: History and Nature Talk. Rams Horn Village Clubhouse. 5-6pm

Dec. 15-16 & 20: Karaoke. Lonigans. 9pm

Dec. 12 & 19: Free 5K Group Fun Run. The Stanley Hotel. 5:30pm

Dec. 17: Joseph Lingenfelter. Acoustic. The Other Side. 10am-1pm

Dec. 16: Emily Littlejohn. Book signing. Macdonald Book Shop. 2-4pm

Dec. 17: Bingo Night. Rock Cut Brewing Company. 6-7:30pm

Dec. 16: Dances of Peace. Music & movement. EP Yoga. 6:30-8pm

Dec. 18 & 21: Dempsey/Fox Duo. Jazz. The Waterfront Grill. 6-9pm

Dec. 17: Ann Strange Owl. Memoir signing. Macdonald Book Shop. 1-3pm

Dec. 19: Bingo. American Legion. 6-8pm

Dec. 19 & 21: Free Open Swim. Community Center Pool. 6am-1pm

Dec. 9: Sleighbell Social & Reindeer Games. Mountain Shop. 5-8pm

Dec. 21: Mountain Town Trio. Classic Rock and Folk. The Other Side. 6-9pm

Dec. 9: Sean Flynn. Acoustic duo. The Rock Inn. 5-8pm

Dec. 21: Open Bluegrass Jam. The Rock Inn. 6-9pm

Dec. 9: Season of Giving Art Show. Local artisans, live music, and fundraiser. Elkins Distilling Co. 5-10pm

Dec. 21-22: James Davis. Spanish Guitar. Twin Owls Steakhouse. 6-9pm

Dec. 10: Bingo Night. Rock Cut Brewing Company. 6-7:30pm


Mon. & Wed. at 6pm, Fri. & Sat. at 7pm: Sip & Paint. Murphy’s Resort.

Dec. 19: Trivia Night. Rock Cut Brewing Company. 7-8:30pm

Dec. 10: It’s Christmas Time. Music by MountainAires & Mountain Men. Pres. Comm. Church of the Rockies. 2pm

Dec. 22: Mountain Town Trio: Classic Rock and Folk. Latitude 105. 7-10pm

Dec. 14: Open Bluegrass Jam. The Rock Inn. 6-9pm

Dec. 8-9 & 13: Karaoke. Lonigans. 9pm

Dec.10: Joseph Lingenfelter. Acoustic. The Other Side. 10am-1pm

Dec. 8 – Dec. 22, 2017

Dec. 21: Geeks Who Drink. Trivia. Latitude 105. 8-10pm Dec. 21: Winter Solstice with Bonfire Dub. Reggae & folk. The Rock Inn. 8pm Dec. 22: Will Thomas. Acoustic. Snowy Peaks Winery. 4-6pm Dec. 22: Jon Pickett. Acoustic duo. The Rock Inn. 6-9pm

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK Visit RMNP Visitor Centers to learn about park wildlife, programs & more! Call for details. 970-586-1206. Dec. 9-10, 16-17: Wild in Winter. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. 1011am

EXHIBITS Dec. 8-24: Bill Fritz. Fine Art Show. Art Center of Estes Park. 10am-5pm

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Boy Scouts Selling Christmas Trees

Once again, the Boy Scouts will be selling Christmas trees starting Friday, November 24 at the Estes Park Lumber Store. We will have farm trees, as well as fresh cut trees. Also new this year, we will be selling wreaths that we can decorate for you, or sell it plain so you can decorate it yourself. We will be open for sales on the weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and during the week from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Come over and pick out your perfect Christmas tree.

Wildlife Responder Available To Help Knowledge, experience, skills to assist and educate individuals with and about wildlife encounters/situations. Specialty is elk, deer, bears, mountain lions. Part of Rocky Mtn. Cat Conservancy Research. If you see a kill site, call asap, or if you want more information or help with a wildlife sit-

uation, call Jayne the “Bear Lady” at: 303-823-9427 or 970-685-8756.

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Letter Regarding Senior Center Information To The Editor: On October 23, 2017, in preparation for a meeting with an Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Inc. Board member, my husband and I took a 20 minute tour of the new Senior Center facility at the Community Recreation Center. My goal was to update my knowledge of the facility and services offered for our Seniors. I needed to be able to assess the request and information from the Senior Citizens Center Inc. Board member. To my surprise, I learned the following: 1. Seniors have parking on the same level as the entrance to the Senior Center, i.e. there is no hill to walk up. 2. Entrance is FREE into the Senior Center. 3. Coffee is FREE and available at the entrance door. 4. The lounge is large and comfortable with a beautiful fireplace. 5. There IS a large COMMERICIAL KITCHEN! 6. There is approximately 2,800 square feet of meeting space with room dividers creating the potential for three meeting spaces. 7. All meeting spaces are equipped with sound systems. You will be able to HEAR! YAY! 8. The meeting space next to the kitchen is assigned to the Senior Center 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Senior Services programming has first rights to all meeting spaces on the lower level of the Recreation Center. 9. The Puzzle/Billiards room connects to the lounge via a door that can be closed. There is storage area for puzzles. You will NOT BE BOTHERED by the other Community Center patrons. 10. The walking track is open for Sen-

iors at no additional cost. Yes it is FREE. 11. Senior exercise classes can be purchased and cost less than at the current Senior Center exercise classes. 12. I need to stress that you do NOT PAY $300.00 per year to use the Senior Center, it is FREE. 13. A grant has been obtained to provide a meal one day per week. This was obtained AFTER THE SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER INC. DECLINED to provide funding for weekly meals. If you want weekly meals I recommend you all lobby your Senior Citizens Center Inc. Board to release funds for that purpose. I am very concerned that the Senior Center Inc Board President and Treasurer refuse to tour the new facility, refuse to provide current and correct information to you, our seniors, regarding the new facility. How do I know? I personally asked them to tour with me or without me, at a time convenient for them, and to correct the misinformation in the document emailed to me. The answer was no to both requests. You are being asked to make a decision with inaccurate information that is from the year 2016! Throughout your lives you made your destiny from logical decisions made with current facts. You have a Board that is not communicating the current facts. Your Board has made your mailing list private. No one can send you the facts. No wonder you all are upset! Please tour the facility now. Please get the current facts about your new facility. Note: These statements are my personal statements and are not a statement from any other Town Board member. Sincerely, Wendy Koenig, Mayor Pro Tem

Whiskey Club Meeting There will be a Whiskey Club Meeting held on December 14 at 6 p.m. at Hunters Chop House. Several whiskeys will be discussed and sampled. Fee is $10.00. Whiskey and hors d‘oeuvres will be donated by Hunters Chop House. Make a reservation by calling 970-5866962. Mention, Whiskey Club Meeting.

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Birdhouses To Help Those In Need

In 1944, when Rudy Frank was five years old, his family was forced to evacuate from their small village in Croatia with only the things that could fit into a wagon. They resettled in a village in Austria, and the whole family shared a single small room on a farm for almost eight years. The poverty in post-World War Two Europe is hard to imagine now.

One of Rudy’s brightest childhood memories is of the care packages American soldiers brought to his school in Austria once a month. They contained luxuries like chocolate, candy, cookies, and Spam—things nobody could get their hands on at that time. It was then, he says, that he first encountered American

generosity— “the most giving people in the world,” he says. Rudy left school at 14 to attend trade school in Austria as a cabinetmaker, where he developed his impressive skill as a woodworker and cabinetmaker. He emigrated to Chicago in 1956, and met and married his wife, Hilde, in 1960. She, too, had fled a small Croatian village—a different one—to live first in Austria and then in Milwaukee. After two years in the US Army at Fort Benning, Georgia, from 1960-1962, they opened a custom cabinetry business in Wisconsin that they operated until they retired in 1998. After retiring, Rudy and Hilde moved to Estes Park, drawn to Colorado by its resemblance to the Austrian Alps. Since then, they have run the Sonnenhof Bed and Breakfast, a beloved vacation spot in a gorgeous location off Mary’s Lake Road. All cabinetry and woodwork at the Sonnenhof is Rudy’s, hand crafted from materials, such as Ponderosa beetle-kill wood, found on their property. There are three suites and an apartment on site, decorated in a unique blend of traditional Bavarian and Colorado cabin styles. They see guests from all over the world, including many who come back to see them year after year. The Sonnenhof is surrounded by birdhouses, built by Rudy from beetle-kill wood. These are no ordinary birdhouses, either. Meticulously handcrafted in the style of a Bavarian chalet, they feature

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nesting space on the top floor, feeding space on the ground floor, and a drop door between the two levels for ease of cleaning. Hilde reports that they are popular with the chickadees and house wrens, with Stellar jays visiting occasionally as well. Recently, Rudy was inspired by his memories of those long-ago care packages, brought to hungry children by American soldiers. “It is time to give back,” he decided, and began building a new batch of birdhouses, to be sold with proceeds to aid the poor. He selected Nehemiah Gateway USA as a partner in this effort. Nehemiah Gateway USA is a nonprofit aid organization that has been based in Estes Park since 2015. It is a member of the Nehemiah Gateway Group, headquartered in Nuremburg, Germany. Its humanitarian work began in post-communist Albania in 1991, and now it helps poor people all over the world, with a mission of “helping and empowering people to sustainably shape and determine their lives in dignity and independence.” 100% of funds from the sale of Rudy’s birdhouses will help the poor through Nehemiah Gateway’s global humanitarian programming. Please contact Doug Mann at Nehemiah Gateway USA for more information: (855) 683-6769. Sonnenhof Bed and Breakfast:

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Platte River/RMEL Taking Scholarship Applications Platte River Power Authority is pleased to announce that, for the third consecutive year, the Roy J. Rohla Memorial Scholarship will be offered through the RMEL Foundation. The $3,000 scholarship aims to support a qualified student pursuing a career in the electric utility industry. Applications can be found at and the deadline for submittal is Feb. 8, 2018. Applicants should be current high school seniors or attending a four-year university, and must have a permanent home address within Platte Riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four owner municipalities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont, or Loveland. Curriculum in engineering, business, information systems, plant, electrical transmission or distribution technology will receive favorable attention. Students who apply for the Roy J. Rohla scholarship will be judged on the following criteria: 1) goals and aspirations in the electric utility industry; 2) motivation to succeed; 3) service to community; and 4) academic performance. Platte River Looks forward to reviewing the applications, believing the next recipient could

make a positive difference within the industry. Students who apply for the Roy J. Rohla scholarship will also gain a listing in the National Electric Energy Career Jump Start Directory. Every applicantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s listing will be shared (with his/her permission) with hundreds of RMEL member companies, each of which could become a door to new opportunities for internships or employment within the industry. Those wanting to apply should visit for more information and an application. The Platte River Power Authority/RMEL Foundation scholarship is named after Roy J. Rohla who was an electrical engineer and plant manager at Platte Riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rawhide Energy Station for 20 years. Platte River Power Authority is a notfor-profit wholesale electricity generation and transmission provider that delivers safe, reliable, environmentally responsible and competitively priced energy and services to its owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland, Colorado for deliver to their utility customers.


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Elijah Holmes Presents “Season Of Giving” Holiday Art Show At Elkins Distillery Marty Holmes (glass art) Jeff Holoubek (fine jewelry) Mary Crone (sculptures) Deedee Hampton (sculptures) Jen Stegmann (knitting) Annette Kerns Marshall (woodwork)

Ann Finley (watercolor painting) Alan Shudduck (photography) Greg Rodenmeyer (woodwork) Sadie Loveall (jewelry) Storm Wolf (jewelry) Willie Thomas (music) There will be Antonio’s Real New York pizza available at 6:30 for patrons and artists.

This Saturday, December 9th, Elijah Holmes presents the “Season of Giving” holiday art show hosted at Elkins Distillery. At the event there will be live music from 5:30-8:00 p.m. from Estes Park’s very own Will Thomas. There will be over 10 local artisans selling their work including: Elijah Holmes-(glass art) Beth Kurelja Engel (repurposed art clothing)

Concurrently they will be hosting a food and new /nearly new toy drive, which will all be donated to Crossroads and Bright Christmas to give to those in need this holiday season. The artists will also be donating a portion of their sales to Crossroads to help someone in need of a helping hand. This promises to be a fun event of wonderful locals, music, drinks, art and community! Don’t miss it!

Ballet Renaissance To Perform With Oratorio Society Of Estes Park Estes Park nonprofit Ballet Renaissance is pleased to be performing again this holiday season, for the third year in a row, in collaboration with the Oratorio Society of Estes Park (OSEP). The idea took shape in 2015 when OSEP Co-Director Kathy Bowers, invited Ballet Renaissance to perform in the Oratorio’s annual December concert. The new tradition provides local children, teens and adults the opportunity to perform alongside a classically trained adult choir and orchestra right here in Estes Park. The experience has been richly rewarding for all and has become a highlight of the Ballet Renaissance fall season. This year’s performance, “Holiday Wonders,” will take place on stage at the Estes Park High School auditorium on

Friday Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Ballet Renaissance dancers will perform in two separate sections of the performance including in three excerpts from “The Nutcracker, ” and in OSEP CoDirector Robert Howard’s brand new work in three movements, “Winter in the Rockies. ” Ballet Renaissance extends its deep appreciation to both Kathy Bowers and Robert Howard for another wonderful and inspirational fall season and collaboration, and extends a warm invitation for any wishing to come and share in this special holiday tradition here in our town. Ballet Renaissance is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to educating and inspiring youth and the community through the art of classical ballet, and offers year round classes and performance opportunities to dancers of all ages and experience levels. The original branch of Ballet Renaissance was founded in June of 1997 in southeast Michigan and is still in operation today. In 2011, Co-Directors Brianna Furnish and Radoslaw Kokoszka developed a second branch of Ballet Renaissance in northern Colorado. Here in Estes, Ballet Renaissance works in alliance with Center Stage School of Dance. Ballet Renaissance also partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County both here in Estes and Loveland. For more information about Ballet Renaissance go to:

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Mountainaires And Mountain Men To Present Christmas Concert The MountainAires Women’s Chorus began in 1978 and was originally called the Woman’s Club Chorus. The MountainAires continue to be sponsored by the Woman’s Club, and presents one concert each year at a Woman’s Club luncheon. The MountainAires are available for concerts in the community, singing regularly for the Good Samaritan Village and the Prospect Park Living Center. At present the chorus is made up of 40 members who sing a variety of music from golden oldies to contemporary tunes. For this concert the MountainAires are delighted to be joined by the Mountain Men. The MountainAires are fortunate to have adopted the fabulous Rich Mitchell as Master of Ceremonies, and

the very creative Bob Rising as percussionist. Accompanying both groups is the multi-talented Verlene Thorp. The MountainAires presentation will include traditional songs such as “Do You Hear What I Hear” and more classical songs including “Hodie Alleluia”. The Mountain Men’s music will include “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” and a spiritual entitled “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy.” The concert will take place on Sunday, December 10th, at 2:00 P.M. at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies. The concert is free to the public, but contributions are gratefully accepted. Interested singers for either chorus should contact Kasey Troutman at 970480-5148.


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Oratorio Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas Concert December 15 & 16 director. The two collaborated for many years in St. Louis. Bowers notes that â&#x20AC;&#x153;he and his wife Robin sang in my community choir at Webster University, and I played violin and viola in his orchestra at Saint Louis Community College. I also had opportunities to sing with the Belleville Philharmonic Choir which Robert conducted.â&#x20AC;? Knowing that Robert was a composer, poet, and a lover of Estes and the Rockies as well, Bowers was instrumental in commissioning him to compose an evocative cantata, Wilderness Reflections, for the 100th anniversary of RMNP in 2015. Howard generously offered to write the poetry for and compose a brilliant cantata for our December concerts titled Winter in the Rockies. The chance to hear a brand new work for chorus, soloists, ballet, and orchestra that celebrates winter life in Estes Park in its centennial year is not to be missed! As Howard describes the new work, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the first movement is a tone poem about the progress of a snowstorm from its quiet beginnings,   through the furor of near bliz   zard intensity, concluding with the sort of tranquil and wonderthe performance will be doubly exciting,â&#x20AC;? ful snowscape that is unique to the according to co-music director Kathy Rockies. The concluding movement, Bowers. Festive Bells, is all about community and family as we unite to celebrate the holiBowers is thrilled to have Robert Howard now serving as OSEPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s co-music days.â&#x20AC;? OSEP audience this year. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re elated that excerpts from Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beloved Nutcracker will be danced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The orchestra played several movements from the Nutcracker several years ago, but with the addition of ballet this year,


One of the perks of living in and visiting Estes Park is the remarkable variety and quality of community music groups which schedule performances yearround, supplementing those at churches and schools. For most music ensembles, December is the busiest month of the year. The Oratorio Society of Estes Park is no exception, and what makes us unique is our fine orchestra which performs on its own, in addition to accompanying our excellent chorus. And even better, for the third year in a row, we are featuring our townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extremely talented ballet troupe, Ballet Renaissance, at our holiday concerts on December 15th and 16th. Some special treats are in store for our

The program will end with a charming cantata, A Visit from Saint Nicholas, that was first premiered by the Webster University Choral Society with Bowers directing. Its composer Lucian Dressel latched onto the beloved Christmas poem, Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;was the Night Before Christmas, and gave it a truly delightful musical treatment to captivate an audience. Not to be outdone, the sacred first half of the program features another local composer. Jerry Brubakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s haunting arrangement of the carol â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once in Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Royal Cityâ&#x20AC;? will open the program. Two Bach cantatas, which are rarely heard in Estes Park, will feature vocal soloists Denise Stookesberry, Scott Anderson, Bob Gunn, and Robin Howard, as well as the chorus and string orchestra. Give your family the gift of music and dance to enhance the spirit and festivities of Christmas. The Oratorio Society of Estes Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holiday Wonders concerts are slated for Friday Dec. 15th at 7 p.m. and Saturday Dec. 16th at 2 p.m. at the Estes Park High School Auditorium, 1600 Manford Ave. Admission is free. Donations at the intermission and before and after the concert are cheerfully accepted and deeply appreciated. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, go to, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Likeâ&#x20AC;? us on Facebook, or call Kathy Bowers at 970-586-5193. OSEP is funded in part by grants from the Estes Park Community Thrift Shop and Village Thrift Shop.

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Estes Park Light & Power Sparks Kids Interest By: Pam Frey

On November 29th and 30th Adam Edwards and Jason Slaughter took time out of their busy schedules to show our students how electricity can be dangerous to our bodies, and how to be safe when dealing with high voltage power lines. Both men are currently apprentices working towards earning their journeyman license. They interacted with approximately 150 Estes Park Students over the course of two days. Students involved were pretty excited to see the arcing electricity from the demo trailer and certainly understand more about the need to be safe when dealing with electricity. Adam and Jason started each class with the power companies Demo trailer and then returned to Mrs. Frey’s classroom to talk to kids about the equipment they use daily, how it keeps them safe, and gave students a good idea of what their career entails and how to get into this pathway. Overall, this was a fantastic introduction to high voltage power. A few of our kids were very interested in this as a career pathway, but all of our kids walked away learning a little more about how electricity gets to our homes and how hard our lineman work to make sure our power stays on. Students learned many things such as: the difference between voltage and amps, what a fuse is for and how it works, what a transformer is, what a smart meter is, what equipment is

used to climb up poles, and how safety is a top priority. In our classroom students were able to try on the sleeves and gloves that are used to prevent contact with live wires. We even had a few students who put on all of the gear our lineman do. After they talked to students about equipment they then opened it up to questions. Our kids learned so much from this great experience, and it provided an opportunity for our kids to be able to learn from professionals in our community.

Deadline For Ordering EPMS Student Created Cards Is December 12th Max Swanlund 12th Grade Congratulations to Max Swanlund, Student of the Week for December 8, 2017. School activities that Max is involved with at EPHS are football, basketball and track and he is a member of FCA. Outside of school Max, enjoys playing basketball. Max is currently Captain of the basketball team and has earned eight varsity letters for track, basketball, soccer and football. Max’s favorite quote is “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite” by Buddy the Elf. This quote reminds Max to enjoy life. After high school Max plans to go to college and play college basketball. Bank of Estes Park Student Legacy Award: In addition to being awarded the Student of the Week, each winner will be given the opportunity to nominate the school program of their choice for the chance to win $500. At the end of the school year, one such nomination will be randomly selected, and that school program will be awarded the $500 Bank of Estes Park Student Legacy Award, in that student's name.

By: Joe Frey

Orders for Christmas cards, created by Estes Park Middle School students, must be received by Tuesday December 12th. Cards can be viewed and ordered by going to, the STEAM class’ student-created website. EPMS STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) classes have again teamed up with Nicole Rische’s Art classes to created these professional looking Christmas cards. Cards are 5 ½” x 8,” printed on 80 lb. card stock, and come with an envelope. Best of all is the price—20 cards for $11; 10 cards for $7; or cards can be purchased individually for $1 per card. Simply go to to view the various offerings; then you can

use the email contact located on the site to order your cards, which would be available the next day for pickup at the Estes Park Middle School office. You can also call the school at 5864430, extension 3221 and leave a message for your order. STEAM and Art first teamed up last year on this project, with students Alec Throne and Carolyn Cromer creating the website. Students then created cards, both in English and Spanish, in hopes that they would be selected for sale. This initial attempt was viewed as a success, as 600-700 cards were sold. So far this season, close to 500 have been sold so far. “The artwork for these cards has really improved from the first year we did it, ” stated Art teacher Nicole Rische. “I think we have seen a better response this year because of that. Our final ordering deadline is earlier this year due to when the school holiday break starts, but I think we will end up selling more than last year.” Please visit and see what you think of this latest endeavor by students of Estes Park Middle School.

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Drum Roll Please... The Amazing EPHS Men’s Soccer Team The Power of One… There is a legend in Estes Park of a soccer team who gave all to battle for a game. Individuals who pushed through doubt, fatigue, injuries and disappointment to battle for what they believe was right. A team that dug deep for courage, honor and perseverance to become men who overcame challenges that brought a once mighty team down to nine. A choice was made that fall, to follow one who stepped into the role of captain not truly knowing what he had done. An unlikely leader, unsure, untested yet ready to overcome. Battle weary these nine created a legacy for those who followed, a foundation for soccer to build a team on. This season, four of those nine returned with resolve to try again. They gathered recruits to strengthen, they walked with shoulders slumped under the burden they carried as they worked to develop pride. They shouldered on, mentoring, leading, creating something that was strong. Unity was formed as they pushed from the bottom to overcome. Failure is a state of mind so they choose instead to fail while aiming high not to succeed while aiming too low. Doubts grew, frustrations took control, until the choice of one lead on. Achievements grew, pride returned, goals were attained and not just by one. The team grew strong. The four pushed harder as they drove the season home for they choose to control their final outcome. Success was achieved this season, a team of unity

was built, a team that can choose their success, a team that is hungry for more. Something amazing grew from the adversity this team overcame - three weary warriors wanted more, they took the challenge to do as no other Soccer Cat has done. When a season falls short of what most see as success, it is rare for any to charge on. But three found the courage to push further, they took a step forward to achieve even more. They carried doubts as they tried for a dream to play the game beyond high school. They stepped up to the challenge by stepping on the field with players they looked up to and cheered. The Estes Park Men’s Soccer Team is excited to share the power of our team with you! One who made a choice to step into a role as Captain - Senior Luis Guadarrama Avila & one who made a choice to support a team in goal, where he didn’t want to be -Senior Amos Westley. Congratulations for achieving more than any other Soccer Cat has on their road to building a team. They both have been offered a contract with FC Colorado UPSL Men’s Semi Pro Soccer Team! In addition, Luis Guadarrama Avila was voted onto the All State Team Honorable Mention for 3A! Our team is extremely excited for the opportunity to cheer their success! Job well done gentlemen! We are loud…We are proud…We are Estes Park Soccer Cats! Follow us on Facebook Group Estes Park Soccer Cats

Join EVICS for weekly playgroups! Every Wednesday 10:00-11:00 AM @ Mountain View Bible Fellowship Church Gym No RSVP needed! Fun activities for you and your child! Great for children 5 & under!

December 6- NO PLAYGROUP December 13- Cooking December 20- Puppets December 27- NO PLAYGROUP All courses will be held indoors unless otherwise noted. Many activities may result in your child getting messy or dirty, this is part of play and the learning process! Please dress accordingly so your child can participate fully in all activities. Smocks will also be available.

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¡Acompáñanos a los juegos en grupo semanales de EVICS! Todos los Miércoles de 10:00-11:00 am @ Mountain View Bible Fellowship Church Gym ¡No se necesita reservación! ¡Actividades para ti y para tu hijo! ¡Para niños de 0 a 5 años!

Diciembre 6- Sin Grupo de Juego Diciembre 13- Cocinar Diciembre 20- Los Títeres Diciembre 27- Sin Grupo de Juego Su hijo podría ensuciarse en muchas de las actividades. Es parte del juego y aprendizaje. Favor de vestir a su hijo apropiadamente para que pueda participar en todas las actividades.

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Six-Week Course Explores Life And Music Of Composer Shostakovich Over the past decade, music professor live to write fifteen symphonies, fifteen Dr. Derald DeYoung has been leading a string quartets, and six concertos, along popular music study course in Estes with solo piano works, operas, ballets, Park. This January and February, Dr. and more. Forced to live most of his life DeYoung will be teaching a under a totalitarian regime, six-week course focused on Shostakovich was someDmitri Shostakovich (1906times held in favor by Soviet 1975), one of the most imleaders, then just as quickly portant composers of the would fall out of favor. His 20th century. This series is life story is considered as sponsored by the Estes Valriveting as his famous muley Library and will be ofsic. fered on Tuesdays, January Instructor Derald DeY9 through February 13, oung has taught previous 2018. Participants may courses on the music of choose to register for a Dvorak, Mendelssohn, morning or afternoon sesBeethoven, Brahms, sion. The morning session    Mahler, Tchaikovsky, runs from 10 am to 12 Stravinsky, Schubert, Bach pm, and the identiand Schumann. cal afternoon sesDr. DeYoung is sion runs from 1 pm Professor of Muto 3 pm. sic Emeritus Since space is limfrom Calvin ited, students must College in choose either the Grand Rapids, morning or afterMichigan where noon session and he taught for 27 may not alternate years before between sessions. moving to Estes Each class is limited Park full time in to 48 students. All 2005.      classes will take Registration place at the Estes for the workValley Library, and there is no cost to shops is now open and may be made by participate. visiting For more Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1906, information or registration assistance, Dmitri Shostakovich studied piano with contact the Library at (970) 586-8116. his mother at the age of nine. He would

Dances Of Universal Peace December 16 Everyone is invited to join us at Estes Park Yoga at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, December 16th for The Estes Park Dances of Universal Peace, which will be led by former Estes Park resident, Mary Ellen Garrett, who now leads dances in the Denver area. This is a wonderful season to reconnect with Mary Ellen and participate in meditation through movement and song.

If you are joining the dances for the first time, please know the dances are multi-cultural, joyous songs and phrases that are easily learned by beginners and promote connection and compassion for ourselves and others. The first dance of 2018 will be held on January 20th at Estes Park Yoga, Park Place Mall 2nd floor, 145 E. Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park Colorado. For more information call 970-586-3254.

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1-ACRE LOT w/southern exposure & views of Longs Peak & Mount Meeker. Paved street, buried electric, sewer/water taps avail. Suited for walk-out lower level. Build the home of your dreams & steps from Prospect Mountain trail & Mary’s Lake for fishing. $$109,000 , 175 Curryy Dr.

25 AC OF PINE FOREST, dramatic lake & snow cap peak views adj to Roosevelt Nat’l Forest & Cheley Camp. House + yr round 2 bdrm. cabin. Short walk to Overlook site to view Dollar Lake & Estes Valley. One-of-a-kind prpty w/ beauty! May be poss to subdivide. $799,000 3803 Dollar Lake Rd.

EASY ACCESS IN THE RETREAT. Buy separate or together 2.34 & 3.21 acres south facing w/ trees, views & rock outcroppings. County maintained road. $60,000 & $70,000 respectively. $70,000 000 Dunraven Glade Rd.

LUXURY HOME backing to open space. Exceptional home custom-built w/wood floors & ceiling, huge windows offering views of incredible land, gourmet kitchen, two Master Suites plus so much more for you to enjoy. $1,099,900 1059 Fox Creek Rd, Glen Haven

EXCEPTIONAL 3,200 SF LODGE STYLE home on 6+ acres bordering Natl Forest. Great room is made for gatherings w/ a wall of windows to enjoy views & wildlife. Fabulous indoor & outdoor living. Plus RV barn! $699,500 1077 Dunraven Glade Rd.

Text 823948 to 970-237-4137 ROLLING LOT with rock outcroppings, trees and open meadows on this Exclusive Grey Fox Estates lot with building plans from Westover Construction available. $195,000 TBD Grey Fox, Lot 31

BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME on over 2 acres on a forested lot with incredible views, end of street location affording spectacular views and tranquility. All town utilities available. Easy access to town and National Park. $239,000 TBD Promontory Dr. HOME W/1 LEVEL,1 step, 3 bed, 3bath; moss rock, wood fire. in liv rm, open dine area; oversized 2 car w/extra store; work bench; recent years repainted; new roof, rebuilt back deck w/Trex; .71ac. trees & rock formations. $482,500 , 1743 Dekker Cir.

DETACHED CONDO in neighborhood surrounded by National Park. 3 bed, 3 bath, 2800 sf, great condition. 1 level living, open floor plan w/ dining area, well-designed kitchen. Huge deck to enjoy spectacular views. Furnished. $$579,000 , 1431 Sierra Sage g Ln.

BEAUTIFUL ONE ACRE LOT in Venner Ranch Estates. Towering pines, stunning views of Mary’s Lake and Twin Sisters. It offers one of the nicest building sites available in this location. $89,900 580 Venner Ranch Rd.

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ONE MILE STROLL to Quaint Village of Allenspark. This 4.73 acre is beautifully treed w/spaciousness & privacy is a perfect setting for your dream home. Seller has completed building plans. $189,900 , 300 S. Skinner Rd,, Allenspark p

WHY BUY 2ND HOME you’ll use only a few weeks a year? Variety of timeshares available at Historic Crags Lodge (starting at $2,500) and Rams Horn Resort (starting at $6,950). Also can be traded thru RCI’s 7,000 + resorts.

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LEVEL LOT with great mountain views. Septic needed. Allenspark water is available. Easy to build on lot. $107,000 289 Ski Road, Allenspark

PRICED TO SELL! Fall River Estates Lot. Magnificent views and you can enjoy the sound of the Fall River. Nicely treed lot. You truly must walk this lot to appreciate the wonderful views and privacy. Sewer tap is paid. $159,900 1481 David Dr.

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Mountain Brokers

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1050 S St Vrain D-2 $239,000 • 2 Bed, 2 Bath, 1056 sq ft • End Unit Condo, Lg Kitchen • Steps to Golf Course and Bike Path

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• 3 Bed, 1 Bath, 2166 sq ft • Main Level Living, Stone Fireplace • Incredible Setting on the River

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Dave Lasota $1,000,000 • 10,990 sq ft Commercial Property • Many Updates, High Traffic Area • Fully Leased, Great Locatio

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6487 County Rd 43 $469,000 • 1.44 acres, 150'+ River Frontage • Fly Fish and Hike from Your Property • Newly Renovated Vintage Log Cabin • Adjacent Vacant Lot Available

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Well Done, Estes Park! To The Editor: Last month, we transferred 100% of our electrical power to carbon-free resources, an option our town utilities department offers Estes Valley residents. We were thrilled to read Reuben Bergsten’s (Estes Park Utilities Director) article in last week’s Estes Park News, “Carbon-Free Resources and Your Electricity.” Our town and the Platte River Power Authority are committed to exploring the feasibility of moving to

100% carbon-free energy by the year 2030! We are totally impressed with the leadership both the Town of Estes Park and the PRPA are demonstrating in addressing the climate change crisis the world is facing. A huge thanks to Reuben Bergsten, the Town of Estes Park, and the Platte River Power Authority. Bravo! David and Deb Adams Estes Park

Fire Mountain Residential Treatment Center For Teens Is Looking To Give Back To EP Seniors This winter, on either Saturdays and Sundays starting in January, Fire Mountain Teens would like to help with yard work and snow removal for members of the community that could use the extra help. If you, or a senior that you know, need services this win-

ter, please send an email to with your name, phone number and the type of work you are needing. As this is an ongoing project, we will be in contact soon!



970-586-2345 300 E. Elkhorn Avenue, Estes Park

The Oldest Real Estate Company In Estes Park 280 PECK LN VACATION RENTAL PERMIT Charming home ready for full-time living or your personal get-away. Bright & airy, wood burning fireplace, total remodel for this 4BR/2BA home. Media Room includes Projector & Screen. Close to downtown, mature trees and a mountain feel. Furnished and ready to move in.

Meeting Notices Early Worms AA Meetings Early Worms AA meets at 7 a.m. every morning except Sunday in the basement of Saint Bartholomews Church at 880 MacGregor Ave. For more info, please call 970-586-1090 or 970-443-3538.

Women’s AA Group Tuesdays at 6 p.m. St. Bart’s Church. 880 MacGregor Avenue. 11 step prayer and meditation meeting, every last Tuesday of the month.

Estes Park Al-Anon Al-Anon Group in Estes Park meets from 7-8 p.m. every Friday at U.S. Bank. 363 E. Elkhorn Ave. Call 970586-2013 for more info.

Fall River Group of AA The Fall River Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets daily at noon. 5:30 p.m. meetings are also held every night except Thursday and Saturday. Meeting location is 701 Elm Rd. next to the automotive shop. We welcome friends and visitors to attend these open meetings.


Park Al-Anon Park Al-anon meets Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at St Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 880 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park.

Al-Anon Newcomers Al-Anon Newcomers meets at Harmony from 6:45-7:45 p.m. Saturdays, 1600 Fish Hatchery Rd., Estes Park.

1600 WAPITI CIRCLE #26 Popular 3BR/3BA ELK RIDGE CONDO with loft & floor to ceiling windows to the south. One level living, great room effect. Condo is light and airy and “like new” condition. Kitchen has island and lots of storage, gas fireplace in living room, oversize 2 car garage, spacious patio area and city utilities.


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602 MACGREGOR AVE “Unique” is the word for this Rock Acres Condo set among large boulders, with huge boulders extending into the living space (see photos). A stand-alone condo with BIG VIEWS and a short walk to town. The two bedrooms upstairs are accessed by a "catwalk" among the many rocks. Each bedroom has a balcony. Be sure to come see what we mean by "Unique". Easy to show. No Vacation Rentals.

Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Allenspark Fire Dept. - Community Room Downstairs For info. call 303-747-2415.

New Horizons Group of Narcotics Anonymous Thursdays at 7 p.m. - Open meeting. 701 Elm Rd.

Free at Last Group of Narcotics Anonymous Fridays 7:30 p.m. - Open meeting. Harmony Foundation - 1600 Fish Hatchery Rd.

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Concerned By Fake News? The Library Is Too By: Diana Laughlin, Tech Literacy Just offered for sale! 2211 Eagle Cliff Road #5 2 bedroom Estes Park condo/cabin with a Longs Peak view and a short drive to National Park. Well maintained with rustic wood interior, eat in kitchen, Livingroom with gas fireplace stove, composite decking with pergola. Furnishings can be included. Short term rentals may be allowed. $225,000


4.12 acres of Winter Wonderland tucked away on the back side of Christmas Tree Rock. Privacy and Seclusion with city water, utilities, radiant floor heat,t, a cozy 2 sided wood burning fireplace and wildlife galore. Hide out in the mountains this winter. 3000 SF home with 3 bedrooms/2 baths that offers main level living, updated kitchen with new appliances, vaulted ceilings and a two-sided fireplace ace in the living room. Spacious master suite opens to a huge patio for outdoor entertaining. The lower levels offers a family room, bonus room, one bath and two additional bedrooms.

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1.18 wooded acres along Fish Creek. Excellent level building spot with rock outcroppings & mature trees. Enjoy views of forested hillside and Kruger Rock. Not far from endless miles of recreation: Rocky Mountain National Park, National Forest and Fish Creek walk/bike path leading to Lake Estes. Fish Creek Road project almost completed. $129,000 2605 Fish Creek Road

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BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME! 9 lots available in Grey Fox Estates a quality subdivision. Secluded and wooded lots with a view. Building envelope for increased privacy. Covenants to ensure quality construction of primary residence & guest house. All utilities in the area. Lots range from $149,000-$200,000. Lots located on Grey Fox Drive and Green Pine Court. Eric Blackhurst

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Estes Valley Library has been selected as one of only five libraries nationwide to convene Media Literacy programming through a grant from the American Library Association (ALA). The Library will bring together residents with a variety of perspectives, in the goal that civic engagement can be elevated so that Fake News does not divide our valley. Look for a Featured Speaker, Panel Discussion, and News Literacy Trainings beginning this February. The proliferation of new media sources is overwhelming. I wish I had a road map detailing each outlet’s bias, agenda, and funding source. But any map is elusive, confusing, and constantly changing. I’ve been tricked by articles appearing as news, but I later realize they’re advertising, entertainment, satire, or commentary. It’s uncomfortable watching news on outlets I once trusted. I find myself questioning whether the information is true or misleading me. The FBI is investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election through the media. I’m alarmed at the threat to our national security and freedom posed by seemingly small things like a meme posted online. I’m frustrated that my thoughts and beliefs are potentially being manipulated by Internet platforms. Can I truly call my opinions my own, or were they cleverly crafted for me? Are these platforms truly promoters of free speech, connectivity, and openness if they direct my interactions solely toward “Friends” with whom I agree? The filter bubbles on Google, Face-

book, etc. are alarming because I no longer see unbiased information in my web searches and feeds. My results are targeted to my preferences, meaning I see only what I “like,”vclick on, or share, because my actions generate that site’s advertising revenue. Some of my Facebook friends’ posts could be fake news. They didn’t compare information across outlets from a variety of social and political viewpoints. Some of them didn’t even read the article before clicking “Share. ” (Apologies to my FB friends—still love you guys!) Thank goodness for libraries. Libraries help us access quality information sources. We help citizens gather, learn, and grow in a neutral space free from social and political pressures. After attending a News Literacy training offered by Stony Brook University and sponsored by ALA, I’m proud to say that I feel less confused when I check the news. I understand that breaking news stories may not yet contain complete details, so it’s better to sidestep speculations. I’m cautious when a story creates a strong reaction or emotion; that can be the breeding ground of fake news. I check journalists’ contact information, reviewing that website’s “About” section. I evaluate knowledge of the witnesses. Did the reporter visit the scene? Are both sides presented? I intentionally seek information from outlets with different viewpoints than my own. To keep speech free, information transparent, and our country safe, we must take individual responsibility for the media we consume and share. Our Library programs will help us become better news consumers. Please join us at the Library in early 2018 as we begin this conversation.

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library Satisfy Curiosity: Lifelong Learning The Way of Tea: History and Tradition of the Japanese Tea Ceremony Saturday, December 16, 1-2:30 p.m., Hondius Room The new-year celebration is one of the biggest holiday traditions in Japan, and one of that country's most important traditions is the hosting of a tea gathering. Special guests Urszula Mach-Bryson and Aaron Bryson, who have both lived and studied extensively in Japan, will lead a demonstration of this unique cultural tradition. Register at

Classical Composer Class: the Music of Shostakovich Tuesdays, January 9 through February 13, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., or 1-3 p.m., Hondius Room Now in its tenth year, the popular classical music course led by Dr. Derald DeYoung returns with this free six-week class on Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Participants may register for either the morning or the identical afternoon series at Creating Comfortable Spaces Second Floor Renovations Near Completion The second floor renovations are moving along on schedule, with re-opening tentatively planned within the next several weeks. Public computer and wi-fi access, along with printing, document scanning,, and photocopying remain available on the first floor. Public Computers Not Available on December 17 To allow for the moving and re-installation of equipment, access to the public computers, including Internet access, printing, and scanning, will not be avail-

able for one day on Sunday, December 17. Library wi-fi access will not be affected. Public computer access is scheduled to resume on Monday, December 18. Tech Literacy Tech Express Drop-In Wednesday, December 13, 4:30-6 p.m., Fireplace Corner Drop in for answers to simple and quick questions about your phone, tablet, laptop, email, apps, or accounts. Library staff will try where possible to diagnose issues or make recommendations for follow-up. Register at Creating Young Readers: Children and Families Try-It Tuesday: Make a WobbleBot Tuesday, December 19, 4-5 p.m., Hondius Room Children in kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to make WobbleBots, wobbling robotic toys, to take home. Low temperature hot glue will be used. Register at Making Informed Decisions: Health Literacy Reading is Doctor Recommended: “The Joy Diet” Tuesday, December 19, 7-8:30 p.m., Hondius Room Chazz Glaze from the Salud Family Health Center will facilitate a discussion of “The Joy Diet,” which spotlights ten healthy behaviors to enhance positive living. Register at Welcome to the USA Programs English Conversation Café Mondays, 7-8 p.m., Bella Fortuna, 600 S. St. Vrain Ave. Especially for English language learners who would like the opportunity to practice with native English speakers. No registration required. Building Successful Enterprises: Business and Nonprofits Finding and Keeping the Best Employees Thursday, December 21, 8-9:30 a.m., Hondius Room Business coach and communications consultant Mike Kohler from the Larimer Small Business Development Center leads this free workshop to help employers with strategies in retaining their best workers. Register at

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Beautiful mountain home situated on a pristine 1.46 acre site bordering Rocky Mountain National Park. The open floorpan has 5 bedrooms, 4 baths and a bonus room that could be a sixth bedroom, office, studio or whatever you might need it to be. The large master suite includes a 5 piece bath with jetted tub, huge walk-in closet, gas log fireplace, and a walk-out to the private deck. The expansive mountain views are appreciated from most every room due to the numerous generously sized windows. Call Trisha for an appointment to view this hidden gem.

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“Silent Night” Movie To Premier In Estes Park

In its first theatrical showing in the United States, The Historic Park Theatre in downtown Estes Park will show the movie “Silent Night” at 7 p.m. this Friday, December 8. This 90-minute made-for-TV movie tells the little-known origin story of the sacred song that was first sung in a small Catholic church in Oberndorf, Austria, on Christmas Eve 1818. Beautifully filmed on location in Austria with Austrian television actors, this powerful story was inspired by the true events leading to the creation of the most popular Christmas carol of all time. Austrian writer and director Christian Vuissa said he felt compelled to create a film that honored the Catholic priest and the spirit that he shared through his poetry and song. The film also honors Franz Gruber, who wrote the melody that still accompanies the timeless words. “It was my intention to make a film that feels just like the carol – simple but also tender and sweet, ” Vuissa said from his home in Austria. In 1818, Joseph Mohr was assigned to be the new assistant priest in Oberndorf, a small Austrian town near Salzburg. T young man is full of ideas and ideals.

As portrayed in “Silent Night, ” his passion to bring the church closer to the common people set him on a collision course with his new superior, Father Nöstler. When Mohr organized a church choir that included outcasts from the local tavern and performed in German instead of Latin, Nöstler threatened him with disciplinary action. Their relationship further deteriorated when Maria, a regular tavern patron, surprisingly joined the performance of the all-male church choir. As Mohr's initial successes in Oberndorf started to crumble and his efforts backfired on him, he lost hope and faced a trial of faith. The night before Christmas, Mohr had to decide if he would accept defeat and leave Oberndorf or embrace the true significance of the Holy Night. When the chapel organ broke down, Mohr quickly re-arranged the composition to be performed by his choir, with accompaniment by guitar. The movie “Silent Night” debuted on BYU-TV in December 2012. The following year, the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals honored the film with a Gabriel Award. It has appeared on television each Christmas season since. The first U. S. theatrical show-

ing in Estes Park is being coordinated by the local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In lieu of an admission charge, The Park Theatre is asking for a canned food donation be brought for donation to Crossroads Ministry. Friday night’s activities at the theater will include the movie showing and singing of “Silent Night, ” followed by refreshments. Vuissa expressed support and appreciation that Estes Park is showing the film that he had hoped would be an inspiration to the world. “It is a beautiful testament and reminder to all of us that out of small and humble circumstances God can make something great and everlasting, ” he

said. “The story of Joseph Mohr represents our own hopes as we live our lives and strive to do good. And it encourages us to never give up. ”

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Noon Rotary Foundation Ready For Grant Applications

Menorah Lighting & Chanukah Celebration In Estes Park The third annual Menorah Lighting & Chanukah foods. Come celebrate the Chanukah Celebration will take place in Festival of Lights! This event is free and Estes Park in Bond Park Tuesday, Deall welcome. cember 19 at 5:30 p.m. Host of the event is the Chabad Jewish $& "##$!& &%$&& %!& & & %$&!& #"%&!#%& "%&% Join Mayor Todd Jirsa, dignitaries and Center of Northern Colorado. $%&&!#%& "%%$$&"!&"& $##"#&# && &!$" $#%& ! community members for the Menorah Contact: Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik at

$ Lighting and Chanukah Celebration,, or 970-407-1613 The Rotary Club of Estes Park Founda- purposes by conducting a variety of pub- featuring lighting of the giant Menorah, for more information. tion has announced the opening of the lic fundraising events, including the Jewish holiday music and traditional application process for the 2017-2018 Duck Race Festival, and a benefit golf Community Rotary Grants Program. In tournament. Other member events and partnership with the noon Rotary Club, raffles also are conducted throughout the Foundation invites grant proposals the year. In addition, the Foundation refrom charitable or other tax-exempt orceives donations and bequests from ganizations in the Estes Valley. The members and membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; families, desigdeadline for receipt of the completed ap- nated to support the general mission of plications is Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. the Foundation. Awards will be announced in late March Since 2004, the Foundation has pro2018. vided about $186,000 to organizations in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anticipated that these proposals the Estes Valley. Since its creation in will support programs and projects that 1977, the Foundation has awarded funds help foster the general well-being of our totaling over $1 million for collegecommunity while advancing the princi- bound student scholarships and grants ples and purposes of Rotary,â&#x20AC;? said Dave to local organizations. Evans, Community Grants Chairman for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although grants may range from very the Foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The recipient organiza- small to several thousand, the majority tions address a wide variety of causes, of requests including support for the arts, for youth received and awarded in recent years and the elderly, as well as overall comhave ranged from $200 to $2,000,â&#x20AC;? Evans munity needs.â&#x20AC;? Internet Speeds up to explained. Charitable non-profit organizations The 2017-2018 Grant Application em12 Mbps Download may download both the application and phasizes another important aspect of 6 Mbps Upload guidelines from the Rotary Club of Estes Rotarian beliefs. Not only is the FounParkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at www.rotaryclubofestes- dation interested in funding worthwhile under the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community Grantsâ&#x20AC;? projects, but the Rotary club also is inheading. Requests for hard copy of the Current Subscribers terested in providing service through its application and guidelines may be members. The motto of Rotary is â&#x20AC;&#x153;SerRefer a friend and receive one month free! mailed to The Rotary Club of Estes Park vice Above Self." Grant applicants are Foundation, PO Box 1854, Estes Park, asked to list Rotary Club of Estes Park CO 80517. Please enclose a self-admembers who serve in any capacity Professional Knowledgeable Reliable dressed, stamped envelope. within their organization. Applicants are The mission of the Rotary Club of Estes also asked to suggest ways that Rotarians Park Foundation is to help foster the can help serve the organization with High Speed Internet Computer Repair general well being of the Estes Park com- their time and talent. munity. Created in 1977, the Foundation Computer Systems Server Hardware Rotary is a service organization of busifulfills the mission in two ways. It annu- ness and professional leaders united Business Networks Security Cameras ally awards scholarships to qualified worldwide who provide humanitarian youth graduating from the Estes Park service, encourage high ethical standards High School. It also awards grants to in all vocations and help build peace in 501(c)(3) and other tax-exempt charita- the world. Rotary is dedicated to proTechnology is our business ble organizations in the community anmoting truth, enhancing good will and Let us Simplify yours... nually. friendships, and being beneficial and fair The Club generates funds for these to all concerned.

Heartfelt Thank You! To The Editor: The actors and producers of Estes Park Repertoire Theatre Company extend a great thank you to all of the folks who attended the opening production of our 2017-18 season. The shows were sold out. Your response to our play was very meaningful to the actors and backstage

staff. Come join us again for our next two productions in early and mid-spring of 2018. Watch for the announcements of these plays in the EP News. Art Blume Repertoire Theatre

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Recycling Updates

By: Judi Smith

When my sister was sixteen, she did an interpretive dance solo in which she depicted a city-bred teenager discovering her very first tree. We knew that cities were gobbling up the Earth and tenements did not normally accommodate trees, but that premise still seemed incomprehensible in 1970s Colorado. Today, forests are cut down for lumber and paper; pine beetles are devouring those evergreens left standing; and, in some parts of the world, the air has become unfriendly to plant life (and animals). We are privileged to live where we do. Still, if we want to protect our idyllic green location, we must be cognizant of the harm standard human practices cause to the Earth. Our ever growing need for more fuel is stripping the earth of resources that cannot be replaced as quickly as we consume them. And the heavy use is contaminating the skies while we gradually fill both land and water with discards of the very products that we use these natural resources to make. Something must be done. The question becomes what to do. Can we find ways to produce what we need without depleting the Earth’s treasures? Can we reuse and replenish some of the trash filling up our land and oceans? Can we do what is necessary to ensure that our great-great-great grandchildren do not pay for our mistakes? Will we? To us today, is it worth a bit of inconvenience and some extra expense to preserve this planet for future generations? Or, should we be putting that money away to buy a ticket to the next “new frontier” when this one becomes uninhabitable? A lot of changes are on the horizon. With the national government of the United States stepping back as a leader

in the world of environmental sustainability, and China increasingly accepting that role, our states, counties and local municipalities are stepping up to fill the domestic gap. Next Tuesday, December 12, here in the Estes Valley, PRPA will present (at the Trustee Study Session) the results of their “modeling” on conversion of our electricity to non-carbon sources. The Estes Recycles Day volunteers will be having a “Debriefing Party” Dec. 15 to begin planning for the event for April 21, 2018. (Anyone interested in joining the staff, please contact me.) There is some possibility of isolating garbage and recycling into separate Transfer Stations, thereby increasing safety and cleanliness. Plans are proceeding for the 2025 closure of the Larimer County landfill. The North Front Range Wasteshed Coalition (Wendy Koenig and Frank Lancaster are Estes Park representatives.) has been studying the situation in depth and the LWV&CRC represent the Estes Valley at the stakeholders meetings. Possibilities under consideration include: A) Do nothing. Leave it all up to individual decisions by independent contractors. B) Ship all solid waste to somewhere outside of the county. C) Build new facilities for landfill, materials recovery (recycling), composting (anaerobic or aerobic), and/or C+D (construction and demolition). Of course, for those of us in the Estes Valley, use of these services must include either a local drop-off (transfer station) or curbside pickup service. Think about it! What services Go to for more information. Next meeting of LWV&CRC is January 3. I can be reached at

Thank You From Partners Mentoring Youth Partners Mentoring Youth would like to thank the following for helping to make our Christmas for Kids Lifeskill Activity on December 2, 2017 in Estes Park a great success: The Estes Area Lodging Association for the generous donation of gift cards for our youth to use to purchase Christmas gifts for their family members. The Egg & I for donating breakfast burritos so everyone could have a nutritious

and substantial breakfast. Babs Mock for hosting our activity at her home. The businesses in Estes Park for our shopping activities. The Senior Partners, Junior Partners, and Activity Volunteers who came and participated. Partners would also like to thank the Sunrise Rotary for 2017 Grant Support.

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A Dialogue On Carbon-Free Electricity For The Estes Valley

By: Gordon MacAlpine, Estes Valley Clean Energy Coalition

studies have shown that natural gas sourced from hydraulic fracturing involves methane leakage into the atmosThis coming week, residents of Estes Valley will have opportunities to begin a phere, potentially making natural gas worse for the climate than coal. Even reserious discussion of carbon-free elecliance on natural gas without methane tricity. In response to requests of utility customers, to increasing costs and envi- leakage would further enhance global warming and climate change. ronmental damage from burning coal, and to long-term economic benefits of Partly in response to these concerns, renewable energy, the Platte River Power the Catalyst Cooperative, a consulting Authority (PRPA) has developed a study group based in Boulder, will carry out an for transitioning to carbon-free electric- examination of the PRPA ZNC study. ity. Currently, more than two thirds (sig- Then they will make evaluations and nificantly more than twice the national possibly recommendations for the four average for electricity generation) of all municipalities. Although the PRPA has the electricity the PRPA provides to indicated that some of its study assumpEstes Valley, Fort Collins, Loveland, and tions, data, and computations are confiLongmont is sourced from burning coal, dential or proprietary, the Catalyst Coreleasing millions of tons of climateoperative should be able to provide changing carbon dioxide into the atmos- “qualitative” insights within a short time. phere each year. A December 1, 2017 reIn addition, the Energy Strategies port in the Coloradoan notes that “In group based in Salt Lake City has agreed 2016, (PRPA’s) Rawhide Energy Station to develop a more detailed parallel was the biggest polluter in Larimer analysis. It will also consider energy storCounty, with six times the greenhouse age options as a means of stabilizing regas emissions of the second-largest polnewable energy, something ignored in luter. ” An additional reason for the the PRPA study. Partly due to lack of acPRPA to cease burning coal is the cess to PRPA’s proprietary computations knowledge that their primary coal and data, the Energy Strategies analysis source, the 26,000-acre Antelope Mine and recommendations may not be comin Wyoming, “is projected to run out of pleted until late January. coal by the early 2030s. ” The PRPA ZNC study will be presented The PRPA is calling their new study a by the PRPA to the four municipalities 100% “zero-net-carbon” (ZNC) scenario. during the coming week. In Estes Park, it It involves purchasing (or generating) re- will be discussed at a Town Board Study newable, clean wind and solar energy Session on Tuesday, December 12 at 5:00 (along with hydro), as necessary to sup- p. m. in Rooms 202/203 of the Town ply 100% of our needs. Then they proHall. The public may attend and listen. pose using some natural gas to back up Following that, it is anticipated there will the renewable energy sources. To combe allowance for some public comments pensate for CO2 emitted by burning gas, (generally limited to three minutes) at the PRPA would purchase “excess” rethe start of the regular Town Board newable energy, which would be sold on Meeting at 7:00 p. m. in the Town Hall the open market in order to “net out to Board Room. zero” the gas carbon emissions and To encourage more public participaachieve their goal of “zero net carbon.” tion, the Estes Valley Clean Energy An expressed concern has been afford- Coalition plans further “town hall” open ability of cleanly-sourced, environmenpublic information and discussion sestally responsible electricity. Whereas sions. The first one will take place from wind and solar power are now less ex7-8:30 p. m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 in the pensive on the wholesale market comCommunity Church of the Rockies at pared with coal power, the PRPA has in- 1700 Brodie Ave. Everyone is welcome dicated that “integration, stabilization, to come and make comments or ask and transmission” costs could result in questions. higher charges initially. That may be the The PRPA ZNC study should not be case in the short term no matter what considered as a “yes or no” or “take it or the PRPA transitions to, and other towns leave it” proposition. Rather, it should be have confirmed that fixed-price renewpart of a long-term dialogue on how we able energy saves them considerable recan optimally transition to clean renewsources in the long term. able energy, along with Fort Collins, As pointed out in the Coloradoan arti- Loveland, and Longmont. cle referenced above, the use of natural gas is another serious concern. Various

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Dr. O.W. (Bud) Hampton Dr. O.W. (Bud) Hampton began his life journey in 1928 at 662 Columbine, Denver, Colorado.He passed on in the evening of November 27, 2017, at home with his wife of 67 years, Fleur, by his side. Bud’s career began on a bicycle delivering newspapers. He created a Christmas wreath business, sold it, and attended Taft Prep High School in Connecticut on a full scholarship. He went on to graduate from CU Boulder with an MA in both Geology and Business. Bud was an officer in the Marine Corps, stationed at Quantico, Virginia and Camp LeJeune, North Carolina during the Korean conflict. Upon Bud’s discharge, he had attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.In 1950, Bud married the love of his life, Fleur, and together they set off to share an extraordinary life of adventures and experiences in other countries and cultures. The couple were joined by their three childrenDeedee, Win, and Holly. Bud cared deeply for nature. He was an avid outdoorsman and mountaineer. He enjoyed technical rock climbing, fly fishing, photography, scientific research, and exploration. He began running marathons at the age of 50. The Frost Giant was one of his favorite events. Bud lived life to the fullest. He would hike up to the Boulder Field, Flattop Mountain, or Gunung Agung in Bali and, at dark, crawl into a sleeping bag to be there to catch the first light of dawn. He also slept out on his deck and, in the wee hours, shared his yodeling with the neighbors during the Perseid meteor shower. Professionally, Bud worked for Standard of Indiana and, like many geologists, was transferred frequently. Over a 13 year span, Bud and his family lived in Phoenix, Boulder, Denver, Billings, Casper, Tulsa, and New Orleans- which was their jumping off place to an international career which began in Luanda, Angola, Africa. When the civil war there became too intense, the family was relocated to Tokyo, Japan where they lived for four years. During this time, in 1975, Bud and Fleur acquired their cabin in Estes Park. This became the family’s home base in the U.S.A. From Tokyo, they moved to Houston and, then, to Jakarta, Indonesia where Bud was President of Amoco Indonesia in the Far East. During their four year stay in Indonesia, Bud and Fleur went trekking into the Highlands of Western New Guinea (then called Irian Jaya). This is where Bud became intrigued by the Dani tribe’s use of only stone tools and, as a geologist, he wondered where the stone quarries were located and how the Dani knew the hardness of the different stones. At this time, he made the decision to retire from Amoco and search for the Dani quarry sites. He did discover five quarry sites and, with

samples he obtained, he had confirmed by the CU geology department what the quarry men innately sensed for choosing the right stone for the right tool. Science confirmed the Dani method of holding a finger beside the nostril, while holding the sample rock, when choosing the correct stone. This epitomizes Bud’s passion for scientific research and his curiosity and respect for other cultures’ intuition and traditions. After approximately 10 years of exploration and study, both in the field and from home, Bud’s colleagues urged him to share his research. He realized he needed credentials to present his findings to his peers and entered school at Texas A & M University, where he graduated at the age of 69, with a PhD in Anthropology. His research culminated with the book he wrote called “Culture of Stone.” Bud’s love for the outdoors and rocks also led him to search for and photograph Rock Art- ancient petroglyphs and pictographs. He traveled, often remotely, throughout the American Southwest, Northern and Baja, Mexico, India, Siberia, and Australia. Bud and Fleur both belonged to the American Rock Art Research Association where he presented some of his materials. Bud became a lifetime member of the International Explorers Club and carried their flag on several expeditions throughout the world. His local community was just as important to him and he is recognized for his outstanding commitment, leadership, hard work, and personal contribution toward preservation of the Knoll-Willows in Estes Park, for the perpetual enjoyment of present and future generations. Bud’s family, including his wife, Fleur, their three children, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandsons, whom lovingly know him as “Kipa,” invite you all to join us at a Celebration of Bud’s life on December 30 at 1:00 p.m. at the Historic Crags Lodge (300 Riverside) (car pooling suggested) in Estes Park, CO. We would like to extend our gratitude to each of you who have touched Bud’s life and he wants to remind you to “always carry a headlamp, compass, water, and sunscreen.” “Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s waiting out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.” Pema Chodron In lieu of flowers Fleur asks you to consider a donation to Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park or the Estes Valley Library in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517. Please visit to leave a message for Fleur and family.

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Dr. Edgar N. Drake Dr. Edgar N. Drake, 80, died Sunday, 26 November 2017, at his home in Longmont, Colorado, after a lengthy battle with Lewy Body Dementia.Edgar Nathaniel Drake, II, was born 18 May 1937 in Springfield, MO, to Edgar Nathaniel Drake and Virginia Wolf Drake. He was a graduate of the University of Houston, the University of Colorado, and Texas A&M University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1969 in Analytical Chemistry.Dr. Drake taught at Angelo State University from 1965 until his retirement in 1999, beginning as an Instructor in Chemistry and ending as Professor and Head, Department of Chemistry. He spent many years researching sodium selenite (selenium) and its anti-cancer properties. He au-

thored many peer-reviewed articles. He was an admired and respected professor to thousands during his 34-year career.Dr. Drake is survived by his wife of 23 years, Nina Drake, of the home in Longmont, CO, three children, two stepchildren, three siblings, and seven grandchildren.In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made to the Dr. Edgar N. Drake Memorial Chemistry Endowment and mailed to Angelo State University, Office of Development, ASU Station #11023, San Angelo, TX 76909. Deceased's Funeral Arrangements: A memorial reception for friends will be held Saturday, 13 January 2018, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at his home at 1333 Charles Dr. Unit 3, Longmont, Colorado. All are invited.

Robert H. “Bob” Cheney Lifelong resident of Estes Park, Bob Cheney, passed away December 5th, 2017. He was 85. Bob was born June 1, 1932 at the family homestead in Estes Park. He graduated from Estes Park High School in 1950. Bob went on to college, but was drafted into the Korean War in the fall of 1952. After serving his tour in Korea, he went back to college and graduated from Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) with a degree in Agriculture. Bob married Lois Warfield in October of 1958. Bob and Lois raised one daughter (Corinne Burke of Estes Park), and three sons (Reese of Eagle River, AK, Flint of Evergreen, CO, and Regan of League City, TX). Bob and Lois have seven grandchildren. Bob and Lois built their present home in 1960, on his father’s homestead property on Fall River, and lived there until his passing. He moved less than 300 feet from the place where he was born. While still in high school and college, Bob worked as a ranch hand at Stead’s Ranch. In 1963, he was employed by the Estes Park School District as supervisor of maintenance for many years. In 1976, Bob was hired on by the Up-

per Thompson Sanitation District as Plant Superintendent. He went on to become District General Manager, and retired in 1988. Throughout the years, Bob owned other businesses, such as selling firewood, operating a summer water line, delivering water, and opening and closing summer homes for seasonal residences. Bob and Lois owned Alpine Gift Shop on Elkhorn Avenue for nine years. Bob was active with the local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as his boys went through the scouting program. Bob spent 20 years on the Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department. He was Fire Chief and a State-certified instructor in structural firefighting. Bob enjoyed his status as a Master Gardener through CSU. He was an avid gardener. His other hobbies included woodworking, hiking, fishing, hunting, and cooking. Memorial services will be Saturday, December 16 at 10:30 at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Avenue in Estes Park. Donations can be made to the local Boy Scout Troop 8 or the Estes Valley Fire Protection District.

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Sweet Pets Need New, Loving Homes

Charlotte is 18 months old and weighs about 40 lbs. She is good with school aged children and is house trained. She knows some commands and rides well in the car. Charlotte will make a great companion and enjoys being by your side and taking walks. Charlotte will be best in a home without other dogs. Will and Grace are beautiful longhaired Manx siblings who are sweet and loving and fun to have around. Honey is a gorgeous two year old gold Bengal mix. She loves to snuggle and purr and is very playful. Sassy is a seven year old tabby cat. She is very gentle, loving and quiet and loves to explore. Do you have room in your home and your heart for a new pet? Stop down to the Pet Lodge at the Animal Medical Center on Manford Avenue to meet any

of these great pets or call 586-9282 for more information. All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a non-profit organization that works to find homes for stray and abandoned pets, control dog and cat populations by funding sterilization programs, educate members of the community, especially young people, about the humane treatment of animals and the responsibilities of pet ownership; and promote community involvement in the use of pets as therapeutic agents (e.g., in nursing homes). The Estes Park Pet Association is your local humane society. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Pet Association by sending your check to P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, CO 80517. For more information, contact Carolyn Fairbanks, President of the Pet Association at (970) 586-5121.

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P.O. Box 568 â&#x20AC;˘ Estes Park, CO 80517 Ph: 970-586-4544 â&#x20AC;˘ Fax: 970-586-1049

Collection Systems Operator/Trainee

Upper Thompson Sanitation District is accepting applications for a fulltime Collection Systems Operator. Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma or GED, mechanical aptitude and physical ability to lift up to 50 pounds. The successful candidate must acquire and maintain a valid State of Colorado Class B Commercial driver's license and reside within a 30 minute response time of the Upper Thompson Sanitation District office, at posted speed limits. Upper Thompson Sanitation District is a drug and tobacco free work place. Prior to employment, the successful candidate is required to complete employment and substance screening, including a pre-placement physical and background investigation. Operator starting pay is $17.00/hour in addition to a competitive employee benefit package, including health insurance and retirement.

The complete job description and employment applications are available online at or at the District Administration office, 2196 Mall Road, M - F 8:00 am. - 5:00 p.m. Applications may be returned to the Administration office, by email to or by mail to: Upper Thompson Sanitation District; Attn: Todd Krula, Collections Superintendent; P.O. Box 568; Estes Park, CO 80517. Position open until filled.


Upper Thompson Sanitation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Upper Thompson Sanitation District (UTSD) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity or gender expression, religion, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, or sexual orientation in employment or in any program or activity conducted by the District. The District will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities. If any person has a disability and requires a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact District Manager, Mr. Chris Bieker, three days before the event via email at, or telephone at 970.586.4544, or dial 711 to connect with Relay Colorado.

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Part time Sales Associates Year round position available for someone with a flexible schedule Will require some weekends and summer evening hours Point of Sale experience helpful but not required Please send resume to: Or drop off at: 135 East Elkhorn Avenue

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Job Information Session For Rocky Mountain National Park Rocky Mountain National Park will be hosting a Job Information Session on Tuesday, December 12, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. Come learn about the job application process for Rocky Mountain National Park and how to apply online for specific jobs at the park. Information will also be available regarding park volunteer opportunities as well as fellowship positions with Rocky Mountain Conservancy. Short presentations by park staff describing the jobs will begin at 5 pm. Beginning in mid-December the park will be accepting online applications for work in campgrounds and entrance stations for this summer. In January, online applications will be accepted for custodial workers and in February, for general maintenance workers. Individuals interested in seasonal positions at the park should regularly review the USAjobs website. All Federal job announcements for Rocky Mountain National Park are posted on For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park please visit or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

FULL-TIME Lead Custodian position for new Estes Valley Community Center (EVCC) Job Announcement Closing Date: 12/17/17

The Lead Custodian is responsible for performing various skills that are associated with the routine custodial maintenance of our brand new Estes Valley Community Center facility and its equipment, including minor mechanical preventative maintenance and overall janitorial care of the building, which includes fixtures replacement and repair, painting, carpentry, and minor plumbing, as well as facility cleaning and sanitizing duties. This position serves as the lead building custodian and provides leadership to all part-time custodial staff and/or janitorial contractual services. This is a full-time year round position. Aside from a competitive salary, we offer an amazing benefits package including full Health/Dental/Vision, paid vacation/sick/holiday leave, retirement, and District-wide discounts at all our facilities. Pay Range: non-exempt $16-$24/hr.

Applications and complete job descriptions may be obtained from our website at or from the EVRPD Administration Office at 690 Big Thompson Avenue. Submit applications to: Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, Attention HR; P.O. Box 1379, Estes Park, CO 80517, or email employee application to

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Become part of a quality oriented team at Estes Park Medical Center.

Rams Horn Village Resort is seeking a year round part time employee to work in our Hospitality department.

Must be familiar with the local area and enjoy interacting with people. Responsibilities include exceptional customer service, food prep, inventory management, ordering supplies, shopping at local stores, and overseeing weekend social events. Must have own vehicle. Approx 20 hrs/wk, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Can also work in Guest Services/Housekeeping department for fulltime employment. Fill out an application at Rams Horn Village Resort, 1565 Colo. Hwy 66. EEOE


needed in Estes Park, Co. USPS Office, Saturdays from 8:00am to 4:08pm. Applicants must be at least 19 years of age with a valid Colorado driver's license; able to lift 70 lbs., pass drug screen,and be able to work in all types of weather conditions and must reside in the Estes Park area. Employment begins immediately. Rate of Pay: $156.37 per day. Work Schedule: Saturdays, 8:00am - 4:08pm, with Government Holidays observed. Please include HCR#805B5, Estes Park, CO with Resume or work history in your response to

Dietary Dietary Aide – PRN

Estes Park Medical Group Certified Medical Assistant - FT Emergency Department Registered Nurse- PRN

Emergency Medical Services Paramedic - PRN Environmental Services Housekeeper – FT

Med/Surg Outpatient Infusion RN – FT Respiratory Therapist – PRN Registered Nurse – FT - Nights

Prospect Park Living Center – Long Term Care LPN/Registered Nurse – FT Certified Nurse Aid – FT - Nights Activities Director – FT Earn a C.N.A. – FT Quality Department Case Manager – PRN

Information Technology Clinical Informaticist/Clinical Systems Analyst – FT (upon receiving approval) Home Health Hospice Personal Care Provider – FT Physical Rehabilitation Physical Therapist – PRN Unit Coordinator - FT

Apply online: EPMC offers competitive wages and benefits. Equal Opportunity Employer

Silver Saddle Inn HELP WANTED

Respected body shop looking for an auto body technician. We have the work and you have the potential to earn. Call Derek or Carrie at 970-586-1922 to set up an interview.


Must Be A Non-smoker. Apply in person at 1260 Big Thompson Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517.

Looking for full-time & part-time, year-round employees for dog daycare/boarding business. Prior work experience with dogs in some capacity required to qualify for position. Flexible hours plus bonus package. Job includes supervising dogs during play, cleaning and customer service skills.

Please call Linda at 586-0340 to set up an interview.

Help Wanted: Experienced Plumbing & Heating Service Tech and Installer

• License Preferred But Not Required • 40 hours a week • NO sewer line work • Mechanically Inclined • Courteous Customer Service Skills • Valid Driver’s License • Have Your Own Tools • Paid Vacation And Holidays • Dental Insurance Pay based On Experience and Certifications. Apply at: 854 Dunraven Street, Estes Park, CO

We are looking for experienced painters with a good work ethic. Must have references and transportation. We have year round work! Call Tim 970-518-4001 Bestway-Painting

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JOIN OUR TEAM! The Town of Estes Park is accepting applications for:

Administrative Assistant

Community Services Dept./Special Events Hiring Range $18.01 - $21.16 per hour Non-Exempt Position Close Date: December 27, 2017

Civil Engineer II or III

Public Works Dept./Engineering Hiring Range $2,511..82 - $3,076.96 bi-weekly Exempt Position Close Date: Open Until Filled

Emergency Services Dispatcher I Police Dept./Communication Center Hiring Range $20.39 - $23.95 per hour Non-Exempt Position Close Date: Open Until Filled

Executive Assistant

Rams Horn Village Resort has year round full time and part time positions available in our Guest Services/Housekeeping Department: Competitive pay based on experience, plus benefits package for full time employees. Great working environment in Estes Park’s only Gold Crown Resort. Our business stays busy year round and 40 hours per week are available through the winter. We are looking for energetic, dependable people who are able to perform physical labor and who have strong customer service skills. Fridays and Saturdays are required. Fill out an application at Rams Horn Village Resort, 1565 Colo. Hwy 66. EEOE

$300 Retention Bonus paid out twice each year! The new management team at WorldMark Resorts invites you to apply for: Housekeepers - $13/hr Housekeeping Inspector Maintenance Technician

Full & Part Time positions. We offer a fun and energetic team environment with great benefits! To apply for any of these great opportunities, please go to our company website at Search ‘Estes Park’. 970-577-7517

Certified Nurse Assistant

Competitive Salary and Benefits Minimum starting pay $15 per hour

Estes Park Medical Center, is looking for caring professionals who focus on highquality and family-centered care to join our team. We invite you to take a closer look at how we are making a difference in the lives of our families. CO CNA license and current AHA CPR certification required.

Please apply online at:

555 PROSPECT AVENUE ESTES PARK, CO 80517 970-577-4458

Community Development Dept. Hiring Range $21.32 - $25.05 per hour Non-Exempt Position Close Date: Open Until Filled

Line Equipment Specialist

Utilities Dept./Light & Power Hiring Range $23.83 - $28.00 per hour Non-Exempt Position Close Date: December 18, 2017

Snow Plow Driver (Temporary/On-Call)

Public Works Dept./Streets Hiring Range $16.29 – $19.14 per hour Non-Exempt Position Close Date: Open Until Filled

Water Plant Operator I-IV Utilities Dept./Water Hiring Range Lvl I: $16.29 - $19.14 per hour Lvl II: $17.92 - $21.05 per hour Lvl III $19.71 - $23.16 per hour Lvl IV: $23.83 - $28.00 per hour Non-Exempt Position Close Date: Open Until Filled

(Town employment application required)

Board of Adjustment Committee Voluntary Member (2 positions open) Close Date: January 5, 2018

Board of Appeals Committee Voluntary Member (3 positions open) Close Date: Open Until Filled

(Committee application required)

We are hiring for the following positions: Checker Courtesy Clerk Day-Stocker Overnight Stocker Bakery Clerk (Overnight) Deli Clerk Produce Clerk Seafood Clerk

Rates of pay from $10.00-$14.00 per hour (B.O.E.) Also:

Bakery Manager - $21.41 per hour (B.O.E.) Assistant Bakery Manager $19.41 per hour (B.O.E.) Cake Decorator - $10.50-$16.99 (B.O.E.) Assistant Meat Manager-$20.73 per hour (B.O.E.) Meat Cutter $10.65-$20.40 Pharmacy Technician $10-$15.00 (B.O.E.) (B.O.E.: Based On Experience)

Please call Ann at 970-586-4447 to schedule an interview - walk-ins are also welcome.

Applications are available at: Town Hall 170 MacGregor Ave. Room 130 (Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm) or jobs

The status of applications will be communicated via e-mail. By choice, the

Town of Estes Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

There’s never been a better time to reach out to those in need. We’re seeking quality people who wish to make a difference by helping seniors in their homes. Flexible schedules. No certification required. Training and support provided. Sign on Bonus for Estes Park area!

Apply online to Or call for more information (970) 494-0289 Web Brochure:


Seasonal Employment Opportunities Programs Day Camp Counselors Housekeeping Food Service Front Desk Attendants Conference Services Buildings & Grounds Lifeguards Volunteer Opportunities Gap Program for young adults 18-24


Return Application to: Town of Estes Park, Attn: HR; by mail to PO Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517; or via Email to or via Fax to (970) 577-4770.

Help us Help Others Become a CAREGiver

MAINTENANCE POSITION: Looking for full time or part time year round help. General maintenance skills such as painting, plumbing, electrical, dry wall, etc. Help with hot tub checks (we will train you), snow shoveling, guest assistance, and grounds work. Please fill out application at Fawn Valley Inn or send email to

Estes Park & Mason St., Fort Collins Locations Now Hiring:

Mechanice or General Service Tech Experience preferred but will train.

Email Danny at:

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SERVICES Sewing/Alterations

The Estes Park Learning Place is taking resumes for PART-TIME TUTORS in the following areas: Tutors who are reading specialists or elementary teachers with expertise in teaching reading and tutors for GED and SAT preparation. If you are interested in learning more about tutor opportunities, please contact Kathy Nauman, Executive Director at 970.577.0020. Resumes may be submitted at

Full-Time Legal Assistant/Receptionist

Prior legal experience a plus. Applicants should be proficient in MS Word and Outlook; able to handle multi-line phones; have strong file management skills; and a desire for client service and interaction. Position is 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, and is located in the Firm’s Estes Park office. Benefits package available. Email resume with cover letter to:





2 bedroom condo, 2 ½ baths, furnished, one car garage. Wood fireplace, No Pets.Monthly rent $1,970, includes utilities.

Available now until May 15th - Two bedroom, two bath condo, with private laundry, gas fireplace. Monthly rent $1,450, includes utilities.

Newly remodeled, furnished, 3 bed, 2 bath, one car garage. No pets, Available until May 15th Monthly rent $2100 plus $400 utilities. Call Teresa at Range Property. 970-586-7626

3 furnished houses for rent 11-1-17 thru 5-22-18

553 Grand Estates 3 bed ,2 bath 1600 sq ft ranch $2100 a month -

1681 Clover Lane Remodeled,1400 sq ft,3 bed, 2 baths,carport, $1800 rent 238 Big Horn Dr 3 bed, 2 bath 1400 sq ft, $2000 rent- deposit is same as rent on all properties. N/S, N/P. Call Pat 303-947-4569

1 bdrm - 1 or 2 people $750/mo+utls. $750 dep. Year lease. No pets 970586-4624

Commercial Rentals Private office at 1180 A Graves Ave. with shared reception area, kitchen and handicapped bathroom. All utilities and internet are included for $350 a month. Call Peggy 970-232-5588.

1998 Jeep Cherokee Classic, very well maintained, 4 wheel drive, 188,900 miles, asking $4,200. New phone 970-586-0641

Susan Novy, local piano tuner. Call for appt. 577-1755 www.estesparkpiano

Holistic Healing and Wellness Co-op Opportunity. All modalities welcome. $250/month, call (970) 219-3488. Commercial Office and storage unit for rent. Has office space, storage space and bathroom. (42 x 20). Month to Month rent. Located @ 1360 Brook Drive Unit #1. Please call 970-586-2150 to inquire.

Short Term Nice furnished home with great views and location is looking for someone to stay in it Jan-March for half price rent of $1200. 970-227-3645.

Silver Queen Cleaning Service. Impeccably Cleaning Single Family Homes. Weekly. Biweekly, Monthly. Call Margie 970-586-5196 or Laura 303-747-2872 for more information.

Home Repair/Service

BUSINESS Supplies Retail display cases for sale. See them at The Trading Post 122 E. Elkhorn Ave. or call 970586-3556.

Professional Pet Sitter for breaks, walks and vacation pet sitting. Exp. with medical needs and senior pets. Bonded, insured. Pet First Aid Instructor. Renee 970-232-6231


Struggling teen? Creative counseling for adolescents at a new Estes location. Megan E. Fettig, Riverway Counseling LLC 303-565-7158

Music Instruction June Schock, M.M. UC Boulder, retired professional singer and college professor. All styles of music, vocal technique, interpretation and staging. Call 970-3133158

HOUSEHOLD HOLMES LOG WORKS 970-586-9168 Log & Metal Railing, Deck Additions, Log Benches, Gates Mantels & Stairs

Team Fuji racing bike $295 970-227-3645

Pet Care


Help! I’m lost! I need a teacher/ tutor for a Garmin Etrex 30x GPS unit. Very basic, simple stuff. Can Guitar $75. Peavey PA you help me find my way? System and speakers 970.586.0867 $275. 970-227-3645


Piano Tuning

No phone calls please






Winter Rentals: Riverside/Raymond area; 1 bed, 2 baths, spacious kitchen, laundry, one car garage. Available Nov to May, monthly rent $1,750 includes utilities.

Creative Sewing Services Cushions, chairtops, Industrial repairs & leather. Local - call Beth 970-4925446


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Furniture Round antique oak table. 44” with 4 matching oak antique chairs. Very good condition. $350. Call 970691-0947.

Garage Sales Estate/ Garage Sale! Sunday, 12/10, 10am - 3 pm. Fun gifts, games, household items,furniture. 1430 Strong Ave.

Estate Sales ESTATE/GARAGE SALE; Need to have one, but seems overwhelming. We do the work, you make the $. Local, Affordable, References. CALL NOW 970-215-5548

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GENERAL CONTRACTOR 720.438.1088 • EXCAVATION AND SEPTIC INSTALLS • INTERIOR TRIM • STRUCTURAL FRAMING • COMPLETE HOME RENOVATIONS • WE PROVIDE SUB-CONTRACTING SERVICES TO GENERAL CONTRACTORS Licensed and insured. NAWT certified, Boulder County Public Health license number A-082-16. General Contractor License Number CON-16-0212



970-586-1685 EYE CARE

Custom Homes, Additions, Kitchens, Baths, Historic Renovations, Remodels and Design Work

Charles Santagati


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Phone: 970-586-5255 • Hearing Aids / New & Repair • Hearing Evaluations • Hearing Protection • Ear Care / Wax Removal • Dizziness / Balance

1186 Graves Ave., Ste. B Estes Park, CO 80517 Fax: 970-577-7260



Sustainable SoluƟons Landscaping • Planting • Stonework • Maintenance Jeff Schmitt Owner


• Tree Care • Fencing • Irrigation 20 Years Experience Horticulture Background Licensed and Insured Locally Owned and Operated

Call us for all of your painting or staining needs!

• Residential/Commercial • Log Homes/Decks • Free Estimates • 4 Year Warranty

• Interior/Exterior • Power Washing • Local References • Licensed & Insured

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Sure Lock Homes Services A Watchful Eye While You’re Away

Steve and Evelyn Wilson


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The Ultimate Estes Park Experience

History abounds at The Overlook Ranch, offering a meticulous restoration of a legendary Rocky Mountain Estate. The full-log main residence features: 3 native stone fireplaces, hardwood floors throughout, granite kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 40' enclosed porch, panoramic views. In addition, 2-guest cabins offer room for company, caretakers and/or owners. 11-acres border the National Forest~horseback/mountain bike/ATV riding/hunt/hike/play right out the back door! Owner Financing Available. $1,750,000 ~ 3501 Devils Gulch Rd

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Simplified Investment

Well established center in the downtown commercial zone, with strong anchor tenant, plenty of parking and good visibility. The perfect combination of 4 residential and 3 commercial spaces that have flexible space for office, show room, retail or a work/live occupancy. Fully leased and extensively updated in 2014/2015. $1,095,000 ~ 386 West Riverside Drive

Great Horse Property

Tour Versatile 4,551sf of space in a scenic location overlooking West Creek. Great fishing and access to Natl.Forest. In-Floor heat on all levels with 4 Bedrooms & 3 Baths, two offices, studio, & flexible spaces throughout home. Beautiful wood stove on main floor. Spacious living outside with covered gazebo with water views, hot tub and water features. Attached two car garage, plus storage. $698,000 ~

Panoramic Views at The Reserve

Build your dream home on level, 1.20 Acre lot with open-space on 3-sides, sweeping 360-degree views capturing Longs Peak, the Continental Divide, Lumpy Ridge, Twin Sisters & everything in between! The Reserve offers upscale mountain living, with paved streets & underground city utilities. Why settle when you can include all the features you desire in the home of your dreams?! $369,000 ~ TBD Deer Path Court

Located in one of the best areas in Estes Park. Spacious 4,073 sf home offers 4 Bedrooms and 3 Baths. The property accommodates three horses with barn and tack room. Home with open floor plan built by Westover Construction in Estes Park. The home has great views and is 15 minutes from Downtown Estes Park. The expansive deck and covered front porch is like having another Living Area to enjoy the great Colorado outdoors! $899,000 ~ 900 Rockwood Lane

Hike and Bike!

Lovely 0.63/acre corner lot in Carriage Hills with a grove of Aspen trees to frame your new home. Inspiring mountain views and a stream that touches the corner of this lot providing water sights and sounds. Water and sewer taps are paid and worth about $20,000. Utility lines to property. Just off the new Fish Creek Road for easy access to town and the hike/ bike trail is right across the street. $119,000 ~ TBD Rambling Dr

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